ADT: Bowen takes over lead in Jakarta

Thu 18 Jul 2013

ADT: Bowen takes over lead in Jakarta

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Jakarta, July 18: American James Bowen posted a second round six-under-par 66 to move atop the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the inaugural Jakarta Classic on Thursday.
The 27-year-old, who opened his campaign with a 70, fired seven birdies against one bogey to lead the field with a two-day total of eight-under-par 136 at the Imperial Klub Golf.
England’s Grant Jackson, who returned with the day’s lowest score of 65, trailed the American by two shots to take second place while Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan and overnight leader, Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei shared third place after signing for matching 140s at the US$60,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
“I made a lot of putts today and I drove the ball pretty well. There was no wind in the morning and the course was kind of wet but overall, it was in a good shape. I’m really pleased with the way I putted today,” said a delighted Bowen, who stayed on track for his second ADT win after claiming his breakthrough in Malaysia earlier this year.
“The season has been great for me so far. I’ve been in contention several times this year and my golf game has been pretty consistent. I think this has got to be the best season that I’ve had so far,” added the American.
Meanwhile Jackson, who clinched his first ADT victory in Malaysia in April, is pleased with his recent good run of form.
The Englishman is targeting a top-three finish on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season as that would allow him to earn his Asian Tour card for 2014.
“I gave myself some chances and I played nicely today. The greens were tricky and the course was wet. I actually felt like I was playing on a different course as compared to yesterday!” said Jackson, who mixed his card with seven birdies, one eagle and two bogeys.
“I’m very excited about my weekend rounds. I think it’s going to be very interesting! I’ll try to enjoy myself out there and hopefully I can continue to play solid over the next two days,” smiled Jackson.
The halfway cut was set at five-over-par with 57 players advancing to the final two rounds.
Starting this season, all ADT events will receive Official World Golf Ranking points which will help players qualify for the World Cup of Golf in November and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Winners on the ADT will receive a minimum of six world ranking points while the top six players and ties will earn points based on a sliding scale.
The Official Water for this week’s Jakarta Classic is Jeju Sam Da Soo, one of the leading Korean Water Brands.
Leading second round scores:
136 – James BOWEN (USA) 70 66
138 – Grant JACKSON (ENG) 73 65
140 – KOH Deng Shan (SIN) 72 68, CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 67 73
141 – Arie FAUZI (MAS) 68 73, Shaun MALONE (ENG) 69 72, Jake STIRLING (AUS) 70 71, Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 71 70, Anthony SMITH (AUS) 74 67
142 – Andik MAULUDIN (INA) 70 72, Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN) 70 72, Benny KASIADI (INA) 71 71, Darren TAN (AUS) 73 69
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 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.