ADT aims to unearth more new heroes

Mon 17 Mar 2014

ADT aims to unearth more new heroes

Singapore, March 17:  The Asian Development Tour (ADT) celebrated the emergence of two brand new winners, Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat and American Brett Munson, in the first two events of the burgeoning Tour’s fifth season.
The ADT is hoping to unearth more new winners who will emulate the footsteps of Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung. Fung was the toast of the 2013 season where he not only topped the final ADT Order of Merit, but also finished in top-60 on the Asian Tour to secure his playing rights for 2014.
Wisut, who won the season-opening PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship,leads the current Order of Merit with total earnings of US$11,405 while Munson claimed second place after taking home US$10,670, courtesy of his win at the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship in Malaysia last week.
Thai brothers Pavit and Annop Tangkamolprasernt, who finished tied second in Malaysia last week, shared the third place on the Order of Merit with earnings of US$5,640 each while Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang took the fifth place.
This season, rising stars in the region will be looking to boost their rankings on the ADT as they chase for the coveted top-five spots at the end of the season to secure their Asian Tour cards for 2015.
Wisut, who played on the Asian Tour from 2005 to 2010 without much success, is excited to find his winning form on the ADT, which he hailed as a great platform for players to sharpen their games.
“It is my big goal to be finish inside the top-five. I think it is a good decision to increase the number of playing who earn a Tour card to five. It gives the younger players a chance. I think it is a very good move and it shows that the ADT is growing,” said the talented Thai.
Munson also sang praises of the ADT after playing his second event this season.
“I feel that there are a lot of opportunities here in Asia. The ADT tournaments are very well-organised. The Asian Tour is one of the better Tours around so hopefully I can work my way up from the ADT,” said Munson.
The merit race will resume at the PGM Lada Langkawi Championship in Malaysia which will be staged at the Gunung Raya Golf Resort from April 21 to 24.
The ADT, which was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012 and a record 16 in the 2013 season, has proved to be a successful platform for upcoming players to gain entry into the region’s premier Tour.
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Pos  Player/Country                                      Earnings (US$)

  1. Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA)                  11,405.49

  2. Brett MUNSON (USA)                           11,302.18

  3. Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA)     5,640.25

  4. Annop TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA)  5,640.25

  5. CHAN Shih-chang (TPE)                        4,260.37

  6. Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE)               3,979.90

  7. Nils FLOREN (SWE)                                3,408.30

  8. Konosuke NAKAZATO (JPN)                 3,048.78

  9. Arie IRAWAN (MAS)                              2,823.90

  10. Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN)               2,452.25

About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.