ADT goes into full swing in the Philippines

Tue 27 May 2014

ADT goes into full swing in the Philippines

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Manila, May 27: The Asian Development Tour (ADT) will head into a two-week Philippine swing starting with the inaugural ICTSI Riviera Classic that will tee off at the Riviera Golf and Country Club on Wednesday.
It will be a double-bill of exciting golf action from the Philippines with next week’s ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship set to make its return to the ADT schedule following a one-year lapse.
Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert, a one-time ADT winner, is among the many aspiring professionals from over 17 countries who will feature at the ICTSI Riviera Classic, which is sixth stop on the burgeoning circuit, inaugurated as a gateway to the Asian Tour in 2010.
The talented Thai finished tied-third in Malaysia last week and believes he is back to his best following a lean spell after his maiden ADT win in Jakarta earlier this year.
“My game was in a good shape after I won my first ADT title earlier this year which gave me a lot of confidence. However, I was struggling with my mental game the last three weeks before going to Johor. I just can’t play the way I want. I’m glad to regain my good form in Johor last week,” said Pavit.
Pavit knows that consistency will be key as he chases for one of the top-five spots on the final 2014 ADT Order of Merit, which will earn him playing rights in the 2015 Asian Tour season.
“I gained back a bit of confidence as well and I’m looking forward to another good week here in the Philippines. Hopefully I can play consistently throughout the season and get my second win so I can finish in the top-five on the final Order of Merit to secure my 2015 Asian Tour card,” said Pavit, who is currently in fifth place on the rankings.
Meanwhile Australia’s Jack Munro is relishing another opportunity of erasing the heartbreak of missing out on a maiden ADT title when he was pipped to victory by Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang in a play-off.
“It was disappointing to lose on the play-off hole. I was so close to winning my first title but it’s alright. I played well last week and it was a great experience. I hope to bring forward my good form from last week to the ICTSI Riviera Classic this week,” said Munro.
The Australian, who only turned professional last year, graduated from the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier this year and believes the ADT will be the perfect platform to launch his fledgling career.
“It has been kind of rough for me on the Asian Tour ever since I came through the Qualifying School earlier this year. I hope to do well on the ADT to gain experience and sharpen my game,” said the Australian.
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 gateway to the Asian 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.