ADT: Arie to continue Tour card chase

Tue 04 Nov 2014

ADT: Arie to continue Tour card chase

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Kuala Lumpur, November 4: Local prospect Arie Irawan will go all out at the PGM UMW Impian Championship which starts on Wednesday, as he flirts with the opportunity to earn an Asian Tour card.
Arie is currently placed sixth on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit and needs a worthy performance to better his rankings at the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) ADT event.
The top-five players on the final ADT Order of Merit will secure playing rights for the new 2015 Asian Tour season.
Arie, who has eight top-10 results so far this season, will spearhead the local charge alongside Danny Chia, Shaaban Hussin, S. Siva Chandhran and young talent Abel Tam at the Impian Golf and Country Club.
ADT Order of Merit leader Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang, American Brett Munson and Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand will also be part of the elite field which has attracted players from 18 different countries.
Through his exploits on the ADT, Arie, ranked 1158th in the world at the end of 2013, moved to 559th position on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), becoming the second highest-placed Malaysian after reigning Order of Merit champion Nicholas Fung, who is currently ranked 434th in the world.
The PGM UMW Impian Championship will be a crucial test for Arie as he trails fifth placed Sattaya on the Order of Merit by a mere US$1,056.
“My biggest aim is to obtain an Asian Tour card for the 2015 season. I’m close to achieving my goal. I’m pleased with how I’ve performed so far and I will continue to work hard, especially with only two events left to play on the ADT this season,” said the 24-year-old, who turned professional in 2013.
Since its inauguration in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to a record 21 tournaments in 2014. The top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn Asian Tour cards for 2015.
All ADT events also receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points which is a boost for the game in the region.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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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.