ADT: Amateur Green seizes halfway lead at Templer Park

Thu 12 Jun 2014

ADT: Amateur Green seizes halfway lead at Templer Park

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Kuala Lumpur, June 12: Malaysia’s top amateur Gavin Kyle Green made a big impression in his first attempt on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) when he posted an eight-under-par 64 to take the halfway lead at the PGM Vascory Templer Park Championship on Thursday.
The talented 20-year-old mixed his card with two eagles, six birdies and one double-bogey for a two-day total of 13-under-par 131 to lead by two shots over countryman Shaaban Hussin in the RM250,000 (approximately US$80,000) event.
Shaaban returned with the day’s lowest score of 63 for second while Khor Kheng Hwai, also of Malaysia, settled for third on 135 total at the Templer Park Country Club.
China’s Ye Jian-feng stayed a further two shots back in fourth place after carding a 69. Overnight leader Mathiam Keyser of South Africa, defending champion Nicholas Fung of Malaysia and England’s Jake Shepherd shared fifth after signing for rounds of 72, 70 and 70 respectively.
Green is feeling confident after taking the lead in his first attempt on the ADT. He was in contention in last year’s Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on the Asian Tour before settling for tied-sixth place.
“My game was more solid today. I hit many more good shots and I kept the ball in place. I made a double on the fifth but was able to recover swiftly with a birdie and an eagle on the next two holes. I am more confident to play well in the last two rounds now,” said Green.
“I’m into my last year of college now. I will only consider turning professional after I complete my studies. Meanwhile I will just try and gain as much experience as I can. Hopefully I can continue to play solid and finish off well on Saturday,” added the young Malaysian, who is currently ranked 23rd on the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).
Shaaban’s remarkable efforts would have matched the course record if not for the preferred lies ruling which was in play. He was thrilled to shoot his best round in his career.
“I’m feeling very happy and excited now. Everything worked well for me today. This is the lowest score I have shot in a professional event so far. I’m really pleased with how I played,” said Shaaban, who opened his campaign with a 70.
Starting his round from the back nine, the lanky Malaysian reached the turn at four-under 32 after sinking four birdies starting from the 12th before moving on to hole another five on his way home.
“My putting was way better today, as compared to the first round. The greens are very tricky here. I still have two more days to go. I will have to stay focused if I want to play better,” added the 33-year-old Shaaban.
Ye, who holds the distinction of being the youngest player at the age of 13 years and 20 days to play on the premier Asian Tour, received a welcome boost in confidence after making the halfway cut for the second time in six appearances on the ADT this season.
“I’m getting used to playing on the ADT now. I’m playing a lot more this year as compared to last year where I only played once. I’m more familiar with the players out here and how the ADT events are run. I’m very happy to see some improvements in my game,” said the 22-year-old Chinese.
“My game is still stable. I could have done better today but I made a couple of mistakes which could have been avoided. I will stick to the same game plan for the next two rounds and hopefully I can get the job done this week,” added Ye, who marked his card with six birdies against three bogeys.
Reigning ADT Order of Merit winner Fung struggled to find his momentum when he started off with nine straight pars from the 10th but managed to cap a flawless round highlighted by two birdies on his way back.
“My neck is feeling much better now but I can’t seem to putt well today. I really need to work on that but overall, I’m happy with how I am hitting the ball,” said the EurAsia Cup star, who was part of Team Asia who secured a dramatic tie with Team Europe after fighting back from an opening round 0-5 whitewash in the Ryder Cup style event earlier in March.
The halfway stage was set at one-over-par 145 with a total of 57 players, including two amateurs, qualifying for the last two rounds.
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.
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 established itself as a gateway to the Asian Tour.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading second round scores:
131 – Gavin Kyle GREEN (A) 67-64
133 – Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS) 70-63
135 – KHOR Kheng Hwai (MAS) 68-67
137 – YE Jian-feng (CHN) 68-69
138 – Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 68-70, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 66-72, Jake SHEPHERD (ENG) 68-70
139 – Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 72-67, Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) 70-69, Jay BAYRON (PHI) 71-68, Airil Rizman ZAHARI (MAS) 68-71
140 – Ben LEONG (MAS) 68-72, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 68-72
Ends.
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.