ADT hopefuls gear up for challenge

Tue 26 Jan 2016

ADT hopefuls gear up for challenge

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Sungai Buloh, Selangor, Malaysia, January 26: The region’s talented golfers are eager to stamp their mark on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) when they contend at the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship which starts on Wednesday.
Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, the 2014 ADT Order of Merit champion, will headline the RM200,000 (approximately US$46,600) ADT event alongside 14 other ADT winners who include Janne Kaske of Finland, Blake Snyder of the United States and Scotland’s James Byrne
Dodge Kemmer of the United States, Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe, Korea’s Soonsang Hong, Japanese Shunya Takeyasu and American John Catlin, who graduated from Qualifying School last month, will also feature at the Kelab Golf Rahman Putra.
Arie Irawan, a two-time ADT winner, Wilson Choo, Kenneth De Silva and Shaaban Hussin will spearhead the local challenge.
Young talent Suradit Yongcharoenchai of Thailand, who enjoyed a runner-up finish in the ADT’s season-opening Players Championship in Singapore last week, will continue his chase for glory on the ADT this week.
“I’m looking forward to playing in Malaysia. I came in second in Singapore last week and that was my first ADT event outside of Thailand. I am feeling very confident coming into this week,” said the 17-year-old Thai, who turned professional last year.
Suradit missed out on securing an Asian Tour card at Qualifying School but he is determined to play his way onto the Asian Tour via  the ADT, which affords the top-five players at the end of the season with playing rights for the 2017 season.
“I was disappointed for not making it through the Qualifying School. I hit the ball really good but just wasn’t able to hole putts during the final stage. But it’s ok. I still need more experience so I will do my best to play well on the ADT this season,” added Suradit.
With the Olympic Games looming this July 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.
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.