ADT: Chikka prepares for title assault

Tue 12 Apr 2016

ADT: Chikka prepares for title assault

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Manila, April 12: India’s rising star Chikkarangappa. S is planning to come out with all guns blazing when he takes aim at a third Asian Development Tour (ADT) win and first outside of India at the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship which starts on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Indian, placed third on the Order of Merit following three top-10s in four starts this season, will be joined by a host of ADT champions, including American John Michael O’Toole, Gavin Green of Malaysia and Itthipat Buranatanyarat of Thailand, at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club’s legends course.
Two-time ADT winner Janne Kaske of Finland, Australian Jake Stirling, Sean Riordan of New Zealand, Japan’s Shunya Takeyasu and James Byrne of Scotland will also make up the truly cosmopolitan field of players from over 18 countries in the US$60,000 ADT event.
They will face off against a strong local challenge spearheaded by Asian Tour winner Miguel Tabuena, highest ranked Filipino in 110th on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), as well as Jay Bayron, Elmer Salvador and Antonio Lascuna, who will be playing on his home course this week.
“The course is in a great shape. I played the pro-am tournament today and I just love how the course is playing right now with fast greens and top class fairways. I have been playing good and I am hitting the ball well. I am hoping for another good week ahead,” said Chikkarangappa.
Despite missing out on his win in Chinese Taipei two weeks ago where he stayed bogey-free for 63 holes before settling for third place, Chikkarangappa remained hopeful of riding on his recent run of good form to mount another title challenge.
“I played really well in Chinese Taipei but I guess luck was just not on my side. I never thought things like that will happen especially when you are playing well but now, I have learnt that it’s not over until you sink your last putt. It was a good experience and I took the positives from that week,” added the young Indian.
The ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship is the 10th leg of the 2016 ADT season and also the start of the Tour’s two-week swing in the Philippines. The ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic will take place at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club from April 20-23 next week.
The ADT will continue to reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2017.
Like all other ADT events, the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship will offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points, which will be key for players vying to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro this August.
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.