ADT champions reunite at PGM Lada Langkawi Championshp

Tue 15 Apr 2014

ADT champions reunite at PGM Lada Langkawi Championshp

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Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, April 15: The PGM Lada Langkawi Championship has attracted a stellar field to the holiday isle with a total of 14 past Asian Development Tour (ADT) winners vying to relive their glory from April 21-24 next week.
Current ADT Order of Merit leader Wisut Artjanawat of Thailand, defending champion Mitsuhiko Hashizume of Japan, American Brett Munson, Thai brothers Pavit and Annop Tangkamolprasert will make their way to the Gunung Raya Golf Resort in Malaysia for the RM250,000 (approximately US$80,000) event.
Australian Adam Blyth, Grant Jackson of England, Ye Jian-feng of China and Singapore’s Lam Zhiqun will also be amongst an international mix of players from over 13 countries challenging for honours in the third event of the ADT season.
Malaysia’s Arie Irawan will spearhead the home charge alongside R. Nachimuthu, Shaaban Hussin and S. Siva Chandhran, who was the first ADT Order of Merit winner when the fledging Tour was inaugurated in 2010.
Wisut, who claimed his maiden ADT victory in the season-opening event in Malaysia last month, is looking forward to his second win on the burgeoning Tour when he tees off next week.
“It is my big goal to be finish inside the top-five (at the end of the season). I think it is a good decision to increase the number of players who earn their Tour cards to five. It shows that the ADT is growing. I hope that I can do well next week,” said the 32-year-old Wisut.
Munson, currently second on the ADT Order of Merit, will head to the PGM Lada Langkawi Championship brimming with confidence as he aims to surpass Wisut on the merit rankings with a good showing next week.
“I feel very happy to claim my first title on the ADT last month. I think there are a lot of great opportunities out here. The Asian Tour is one of the better Tours around and I want to work my way up from the ADT,” said Munson.
This season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit at the end of the season with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season.
This will be a significant boost for aspiring professionals on the ADT as this represents the highest number of Asian Tour cards up for grabs since the ADT was established in 2010. Only the top three players on the final ADT Order of Merit for each season obtained their Asian Tour cards previously.
Working in close partnership with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour, a total of 12 PGM events will feature on this season’s ADT Schedule, giving Malaysian players a big incentive in chasing for a place on the region’s main Tour.
The ADT, which was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012 and a record 16 in the 2013 season, has established itself as a successful platform for upcoming players to gain entry on the region’s premier Tour.
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.