ADT: Byrne plans stout defence

Tue 25 Aug 2015

ADT: Byrne plans stout defence

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Jakarta, August 25: James Byrne of Scotland plans a stout title defence when he tees up at the US$100,000 Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament which starts on Wednesday.
The US$100,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) tournament will feature the region’s best players, including 2014 ADT Order of Merit champion Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand and current Merit leader Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei, at the BSD course by Damai Indah Golf.
Talented prospects George Gandranata, William Sjaichuddin and Rory Hie will spearhead the local charge as they aim to become the first Indonesian player to win on the ADT at the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament, which is the burgeoning Tour’s second stop in Indonesisa this season.
Despite not playing to his true potential this season, Byrne is confident of staging a successful title defence as he chases for a third ADT victory.
“My game’s feeling pretty good going into this week. My results haven’t been great lately but I have had the occasional spurts of good form and it feels like something good is waiting around the corner. Hopefully it’s coming soon,” said the 26-year-old Byrne, a former Walker Cup star.
Byrne is eager to repeat last year’s final round heroics where he sank a 40-footer eagle putt on the last hole 18th to claim his second ADT title by three shots.
“I remember everything about my win last year! Sinking that eagle putt on the 18th hole has got to be one of the best moments in my career so far. I have had many good memories on this golf course and it’s always nice when you are defending the title,” added Byrne.
Although he is playing on home soil this week, Gandranata is not feeling the pressure of competing in front of his home crowd.
“I’m not feeling any pressure playing at home this week. You want to play well wherever you play and it is no difference with this event. All I have to do is to formulate a good plan and execute it accordingly.
“The course is in great shape and it will provide great challenges to all the players. I have been working on my ball striking and the game should be good. I have been hitting a lot of greens and if the putts drop, it should be a good week,” said the 29-year-old Indonesian, who is chasing for a maiden win on the ADT.
Other notable players include Mardan Mamat of Singapore, American duo Anthony Kang and Berry Henson, Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka and ADT winners Janne Kaske of Finland, Australian Jake Stirling and Thailand’s Itthipat Buranatanyarat.
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.