ADT hopefuls ready to resume merit chase at PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters

Thu 26 Sep 2013

ADT hopefuls ready to resume merit chase at PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters

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September 26: Talented players on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) will have another shot at breaking into the region’s elite circuit when they resume their merit chase at the PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters next week.
After a two-week break, the ADT, which is the feeder circuit to the premier Asian Tour, will return to Malaysia for the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) event staged at the Sarawak Golf Club in Kuching from October 03-06.
American James Bowen, who currently leads the ADT Order of Merit with his season’s haul of US$37,545, will spearhead the international field which includes Canada’s Lindsay Renolds and England’s Grant Jackson, who are ranked fourth and fifth on the merit list respectively.
Past ADT winners, Mitsuhiko Hashizume of Japan and James Byrne of Scotland, together with local prospects Nicholas Fung and title holder Kenneth De Silva will also be among the promising cast chasing for honours at the PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters, which is the 13th leg on the ADT this season.
With only three more events to play on the ADT before the season ends, players will have everything to play for as they vie for chances to boost their rankings on the Order of Merit. Only the top three players will secure their full playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2014.
The PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters will also provide the region’s upstarts with another opportunity to improve their world rankings as all ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points starting this year.
Fung will be looking to cement his position as the best-ranked Malaysian on the OWGR with a strong showing next week so as to secure a spot at the lucrative CIMB Classic in October.
The highest ranked Malaysian in the world will be exempted into the CIMB Classic, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA Tour. The cut-off date to qualify for the CIMB Classic is on October 7.
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.
The ADT was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011 and 13 last year. It has proven to be a successful platform for upcoming players to gain entry into the region’s premier Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season in 2013.
A total of 15 tournaments have been confirmed this season, which is a record for the ADT since its inauguration in 2010.
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 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.