ADT: Amateur Green romps to nine-shot lead at Templer Park

Fri 13 Jun 2014

ADT: Amateur Green romps to nine-shot lead at Templer Park

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Kuala Lumpur, June 13: Malaysia’s top amateur Gavin Green raced to a commanding nine-shot lead after firing a five-under-par 67 in the third round of the PGM Vascory Templer Park Championship on Friday.
PGM Vascory Templer Park Championship 2014.Pix by Arep Kulal / PGM TourThe big-hitting Green, who held a two-stroke halfway lead, put one hand on the trophy of the RM250,000 (approximately US$80,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event with his three-day total of 18-under-par 198 aggregate.
Thailand’s Kwanchai Tannin, who carded the day’s lowest round of 66, moved into second place behind the 20-year-old Malaysian while local trio Airil Rizman, Khor Kheng Hwai and Shaaban Hussin shared third place on 208 after rounds of 69, 73 and 75 respectively at the Templer Park Country Club.
Defending champion Nicholas Fung of Malaysia was 11 shots off the pace in tied sixth position with compatriot Abel Tam, who signed for a 67 to mark his best round on the ADT since turning professional earlier this year.
Having enjoyed several impressive wins on the college circuit in the United States, Green, who is making his ADT debut this week, was delighted to put himself in prime position to win a first professional tournament.
“I hit it solid again. I didn’t hole as many putts as I could on my front nine but it got better on the back nine, especially towards the last few holes which were very important. That gave me a lot of confidence. I am very happy with my current standing now,” said Green, who fired six birdies against a lone bogey.PGM Vascory Templer Park Championship 2014. Pix by Arep Kulal / PGM Tour
Green believes he can go on to complete a popular home victory and underline his growing credentials as a leading golfer by maintaining his focus over the final 18 holes on Saturday.
“My game is really solid right now. I just have to continue doing what I have been doing. The weather is really hot out there. It is very important to concentrate on my game. I have been telling myself to stay patient. I will play my best tomorrow,” added Green, who is currently ranked 23rd on the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).
Green has also made an impression on the premier Asian Tour when he competed in the 2008 Iskandar Johor Open as a 14 years old. The 2012 Malaysian Amateur Open champion earned his stripes against the pros when he finished tied 18th and 22nd at the 2012 Iskandar Johor Open and 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open respectively. He was also in contention at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters last year before settling for tied sixth place.
“I’ve gained a lot of good experiences playing on the Asian Tour and that has helped build up my career a lot. It’s good to see where I stand amongst the pros and I learn from them as well. Playing college golf has also helped me a lot,” said Green, who is studying in his final year at the University of New Mexico.
Should he complete the formalities tomorrow, Green will become the first amateur golfer to win on the ADT, which was launched in 2010 as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour.
This season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season.
Working in close partnership with the PGM Tour, a total of 12 events will feature on this season’s ADT Schedule, giving Malaysian players a big incentive in chasing for a place on the region’s main Tour and also in the 2016 Olympic Games.
The PGM Vascory Templer Park Championship is the eighth stop on the ADT schedule this season.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading third round scores:
198 – Gavin Kyle GREEN (A) (MAS) 67-64-67
207 – Kwanchai TANNIN (THA) 74-67-66
208 – Airil Rizman ZAHARI (MAS) 68-71-69, KHOR Kheng Hwai (MAS) 68-67-73, Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS) 70-63-75
209 – Abel TAM (MAS) 72-70-67, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 68-70-71
210 – Rizal AMIN (MAS) 69-72-69
211 – Annop TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 69-74-68, Akhmal TARMIZEE (MAS) 75-69-67, R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 73-71-67, Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 68-74-69, Grant JACKSON (ENG) 68-73-70
212 – Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) 72-71-69, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 68-72-72, Jay BAYRON (PHI) 71-68-73, Jake SHEPHERD (ENG) 68-70-74, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 66-72-74
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 Web.com 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.