ADT: Bowen ready to bounce back

Mon 24 Aug 2015

ADT: Bowen ready to bounce back

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Jakarta, August 21: American James Bowen is determined to launch another title assault at next week’s Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament, after taking some time off for humanitarian work in Indonesia.
james bowen charityBowen is an active supporter of the Habitat for Humanity in Indonesia and like the construction of the house he does for good cause, the American is hoping to build his title chase at the Asian Development Tour (ADT) event from ground up.
The American will be among the 144 players from 25 countries competing for the US$100,000 prize fund in the second edition of the tournament, which gets underway at the BSD course by Damai Indah Golf in Jakarta from August 26-29.
Bowen, a two-time winner on the ADT but not since 2013, hopes to bounce back with a win after enduring a lacklustre phase where he made only six cuts in 10 starts so far this season.
“To be honest, the season hasn’t been great. I have struggled but I am looking to bounce back from it. It has been a slow start but my goal is to finish the year strong on both the Asian Tour and the ADT. The Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament is a great event.  It is one of the best courses that we play all year round.
“I have been working hard on the game and I am feeling confident right now. The ADT offers a lot of opportunities for us. It has given me a lot of confidence in my game over the years and I know I have the capabilities to win out here,” said the 29-year-old American.
Bowen sought the help of his good friends on Tour, George Gandranata of Indonesia, James Byrne of Scotland and countryman Casey O’Toole, in the construction of the house, which was a donation made by Bowen’s family to the Habitat for Humanity Indonesia.
“The habitat for humanity of Indonesia is a wonderful charity and it does great work here and all around the world. I had the honour to meet a beautiful family here in Indonesia and make a better life for them by building a home for them. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to helping out as much I can in future,” added Bowen.
Local prospects Gandranata, William Sjaichudin, Ian Andrew and Rory Hie will spearhead the home challenge as they strive to become the first Indonesian to win on the ADT which was launched in 2010 as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour.
They will come up against an elite field that includes defending champion Byrne, reigning Order of Merit champion Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand and Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Chi-hsien, who sits atop the current Order of Merit following one victory and five top-10s.
Other notable players include Malaysia’s Arie Irawan, Janne Kaske of Finland and talented Thai duo Itthipat Buranatanyarat and Phachara Khongwatmai, who holds the record of being the youngest winner on the ADT.
Five-time Asian Tour winner Mardan Mamat of Singapore, Sri Lankan Mithun Perera, American duo Anthony Kang and Berry Henson will also be amongst the strong line-up at the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament.
Since it was inaugurated in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to 21 tournaments in 2014. A record 24 tournaments has been confirmed for the 2015 season.
The ADT will continue to reward the top-five finishers on the final Order of Merit with Asian Tour cards for 2016.
With the Olympic Games looming in 2016 where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, players in the region could earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro by earning Official World Golf Ranking points through the Asian Tour and ADT.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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.