ADT: Ballantine's Taiwan Championship moves to Sunrise GCC

Tue 23 Jul 2013

ADT: Ballantine's Taiwan Championship moves to Sunrise GCC

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Chinese Taipei, July 23rd: The Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship will move to a new venue, the Sunrise Golf and Country Club, when it returns onto the Asian Development Tour (ADT) with its fourth edition in August.
The US$$110,000 event will be held for the first time at the resplendent Sunrise course from August 8 to 11, 2013 where leading players from Chinese Taipei will compete against an international field from the ADT, which is the feeder circuit to the premier Asian Tour.
Veteran Lin Wen-tang claimed victory at the inaugural Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship in 2010 and was succeeded as champion by compatriots Kao Shang-hung and Hsieh Chi-hsien in the subsequent years.
Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han hailed Ballantine’s as one of the strongest supporters of the game in Asia where it also title sponsors the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea, an event which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
"I would like to express our fullest appreciation to Ballantine’s for their title sponsorship of the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship for the fourth successive year,” said Han.
“The championship is one of the richest tournaments on our ADT schedule and I believe it will continue to impact the landscape of professional golf in Chinese Taipei and across Asia. The ADT has proven to be a good career launch pad for Chinese Taipei players to gain access onto the Asian Tour and I am sure we will see a strong representation of local players again in August," he added.
Tim Paech, the Managing Director of Pernod Ricard Taiwan believes the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship will continue to promote the game and create a better platform for upcoming players to gain experiences against international players.
“We are delighted to continue our support of the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship. It is fantastic that all ADT events will now receive Official World Golf Ranking points starting from this year and I am sure it will benefit the Chinese Taipei players,” said Tim Paech.
Initiated by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the objective of creating a platform for young and aspiring professionals to hone their game and skills before moving on to play on the Asian Tour, which is celebrating its 10th season in 2013.
All ADT events will be afforded with Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points starting this year, which is a huge boost for the development of the game in Asia. The OWGR will be used to determine the top 60-man field at the World Cup of Golf in Australia this November and the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
A host of players from Chinese Taipei have benefited from the ADT over the years. Players like Hsu Chia-jen, Chiang Chen-chih and Kao Shang-hung have earned Asian Tour cards through the ADT. Hsu Mong-nan has also earned playing rights for the 2013 Asian Tour season by finishing second on the ADT Order of Merit last season.
The top-three players on the final ADT Order of Merit will receive Asian Tour cards for the following season.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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About Ballantine’s
Ballantine’s is the No 2 ultra-premium Scotch whisky in Asia, No 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 129 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.
•          Ballantine’s has been title sponsor of the Ballantine’s Championship since 2008
•          Ballantine’s is an official sponsor of the BMW Masters, The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open & The World Cup of Golf
•          The first Ballantine’s sponsored golf tournament was played in 1960 at Wentworth Golf Club, England
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 three 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.