ADT: Chan to bank on home course advantage

Wed 20 May 2015

ADT: Chan to bank on home course advantage

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Hsinchu, Chinese Taipei, May 20: Local hotshot Chan Shih-chang will be banking on his home course knowledge to steer himself towards a record fifth Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory at the Ambassador ADT which starts on Thursday.
Chan, who stays just two minutes away from the course, has been honing his skills at the Hsin Feng Golf and Country Club for the past 13 years. Fresh from a victory in China last week, the 28-year-old is fired up to extend his winning form at the US$120,000 event.
Chan will lead a strong local cast which includes ADT Order of Merit leader Hsieh Chi-hsien, Hung Chien-yao, Lee Chieh-po as well as Asian Tour winners Lin Wen-tang and Lu Wei-chih to the Ambassador ADT which is sponsored by the Yeangder Group.
Malaysia’s Arie Irawan, Janne Kaske of Finland, Thailand’s Itthipat Buranatanyarat and Amercian Casey O’toole, ranked second, third, fourth and fifth respectively on the current Merit rankings, will spearhead the international charge which consists of players from 20 countries.
Chan, who established himself as one of the most successful players from Chinese Taipei on the ADT with four wins, is delighted to be chasing for another title on familiar ground at the Ambassador ADT, which is the burgeoning Tour’s 11th stop on the schedule this season.
“I'm very happy with how I’m playing. I’m definitely hoping to play well this week as the tournament is held at my home course and also sponsored by my sponsor, the Yeangder Group. It will be great if I can win. This is a narrow golf course and it’s going to be windy out there so it is going to be very challenging,” said Chan.
While Chan attempts to rewrite the record books with a fifth ADT title this week, he is also hoping to take his talents further abroad.
“I hope to carry over my winning form from China to this week. I still harbour big dreams of playing in the United States, but for now, I want to take it step by step and win more in Asia first,” added Chan, who shares the record of having the most number of victories on the ADT with reigning Order of Merit winner Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand.
Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese TaipeiHsieh, who leads the Merit rankings with a season’s haul of US$31,077 thanks to one victory in Chinese Taipei and three other top-10s, will be eyeing further glory on home soil as he seeks to stay atop the leaderboard till the end of the season.
“It’s great coming home to compete again. This is an old golf course. You have to stay patient and not be too aggressive out there. The greens are challenging. The grass here is different from what you see overseas and with the expected rain this week, it’s going to be a good test,” said the 24-year-old Hsieh.
“I’m pretty happy with my results so far. I’ve been playing well since winning my second ADT title in March. I’ve been playing tournaments week after week. It’s tiring but I’m keeping up with my fitness regularly so that’s not a problem,” added Hsieh.
Nirun Sae-UengNirun, who claimed his breakthrough ADT victory a fortnight ago, said: “It’s my first time in Chinese Taipei. Everything’s looking good, just that I haven’t had the chance to practice because of the rain. My game’s feeling good and I am feeling pretty confident after winning in Malaysia. Hopefully I can continue my good form this week,” said the 20-year-old Thai.
A total of 150 players will compete in the Ambassador ADT, with the field being split between the ADT and the Taiwan PGA. The Ambassador ADT is the 11th leg of the 2015 ADT season and also the Tour’s second stop in Chinese Taipei this season.
Apart from the Ambassador ADT, the Yeangder Group also sponsored the Charming Yeangder ADT which took place in March and backs the Yeangder Tournament Players’ Championship (TPC) which is returning for its sixth edition on the Asian Tour in October.
Since it was inaugurated in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to a record 21 tournaments in both 2014 and 2015.
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.
Chan, highest placed Chinese Taipei player at 274th position on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), is currently in the field for the 2016 Olympic Games.
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.