ADT: Flawless Lewton stays in charge at Ballantine's Taiwan Championship

Fri 09 Aug 2013

ADT: Flawless Lewton stays in charge at Ballantine's Taiwan Championship

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Taipei, August 9: England’s Steve Lewton fired a flawless second round five-under-par 67 to stay firmly atop the leaderboard at the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship on Friday.
The Englishman, who held the overnight lead, compiled a two-day total of 12-under-par 132 for a commanding seven-shot lead over Canadian Lindsay Renolds at the US$110,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event, which is the richest tournament on the schedule.
Local prospects Yeh Wei-tze, amateur Lee Chieh-po and Wang Tsung-chieh kept the local hopes alive by recording matching 140s to stay one shot back of Renolds in equal third place together with England’s Grant Jackson at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club.
Lewton is delighted the hard work that he has put in with his coach is starting to pay off as he kept up his chase for a maiden victory on the ADT.
“I’m glad I played really solid today. I didn’t make any bogeys and I managed to hole many putts. I’ll have to try and hit as many fairways as possible in order to play well tomorrow,” said Lewton, who highlighted his bogey-free round with five birdies.
“I’ve been working hard with my coach for the last couple of months. The hard work seems to be paying off now but I will try not to think so much for now. I have to stay focused on my game for the weekend rounds,” added Lewton.
Renolds, who is currently third on the ADT Order of Merit, is hoping for a good finish this week as it will put him in a better position to secure his Asian Tour card at the end of the season. The top-three ranked players at the end of the season will earn Asian Tour cards.
“I played really well. I’m happy with how I played even though my score wasn’t as good as yesterday's round,” said the 26-year-old Canadian, who mixed his card with one eagle, five birdies and three bogeys.
“My target is definitely to finish in top three at the end of the season as that would entitle me to a full Asian Tour card for 2014,” added Renolds, who has finished top-10 in the last three tournaments on the ADT, which is a feeder circuit to the premier Asian Tour.
Yeh, who missed out on securing his Asian Tour playing rights at the Qualifying School in January, made a decision to take up his Asian Tour membership once again this week after spending most of his time playing in Japan in the last couple of years.
He is confident that the Asian Tour and the ADT will provide him with more opportunities to further advance his golf career.
“It has been a long while since I last played on the Asian Tour. I feel great playing on the ADT this week and very happy with how I played today,” said Yeh, the 2000 Malaysian Open winner.
“The playing standards on the Asian Tour have improved a lot, as compared to the past. I am sure it will provide me with a better platform to advance my career if I play more on the Tour,” added the 40-year-old, who marked his card with six birdies against four bogeys.
The halfway cut was set at three-over-par 147 with 55 players advancing into the final two rounds.
China’s Han Ren was the only player from China to make the cut as he signed for a 71 to tie at 14th after the second round of the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship.
Title holder Hsieh Chi-hsien and current ADT Order of Merit leader American James Bowen, unfortunately, failed to make the cut after carding disappointing rounds of 78 and 76 respectively.
All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points, which will be used to determine the field for the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne in November and the 2016 Olympic Games 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.
Leading second round scores:
132 – Steve LEWTON (ENG) 65-67
139 – Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 68-71
140 – LEE Chieh-po (A) (TWN) 70-70, YEH Wei-tze (TWN) 70-70, Grant JACKSON (ENG) 70-70, WANG Tsung-chieh (TWN) 71-69
141 – LEE Yi-cheng (TWN) 74-67, HUNG Chien-yao (TWN) 71-70
142 – Daniel BRINGOLF (AUS) 70-72, CHEN Ming-hsin (TWN) 73-69, LU Wei-chih (TWN) 72-70, CHANG Tse-Peng (TWN) 72-70, LIN Kuan-po (TWN) 70-72
Ends.
About Ballantine’s
Ballantine’s is the No 2 ultra-premium Scotch whisky in Asia, No 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 129 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.
•          Ballantine’s has been title sponsor of the Ballantine’s Championship since 2008
•          Ballantine’s is an official sponsor of the BMW Masters, The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open & The World Cup of Golf
•          The first Ballantine’s sponsored golf tournament was played in 1960 at Wentworth Golf Club, England
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.