ADT: Hsieh aims to shine at Sherwood Hills

Mon 20 Apr 2015

ADT: Hsieh aims to shine at Sherwood Hills

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Cavite, Philippines, April 20: Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Chi-hsien will aim to tighten his grip on the Order of Merit by putting on a commendable performance at the US$60,000 ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic which starts on Wednesday.
The two-time Asian Development Tour (ADT) winner will be among players from 16 countries including Panuwat Muenlek of Thailand, Wilson Choo of Malaysia, Japanese duo Masaru Takahashi and Mitsuhiko Hashizume who will vie for honours at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club.
Local veterans Frankie Minoza, Elmer Salvador and Cassius Casas will headline the local charge alongside Charles Hong and Rufino Bayron at the event, which is the eighth leg on the ADT schedule this season.
Promising talents American Micah Lauren Shin, Nils Floren of Sweden, Thai duo Annop Tangkamoprasert and Poosit Supupramai will also feature in the event, which is the second consecutive ADT tournament to be staged in the Philippines.
Hsieh leads on the Order of Merit after earning US$27,342, thanks largely to his win on home soil last month which ended a three-year title drought. The 24-year-old plans to keep his foot on the pedal and take aim at a second ADT victory this year.
“I’m very excited to be here in the Philippines this week. I remembered playing this course long time ago when I was a junior. I wanted to play in the ADT event last week as well but I couldn’t get my visa done in time,” said Hsieh.
“My game’s feeling good. The playing standard on the ADT has changed so much since I last played in 2012. It’s a lot more competitive right now. The halfway cut used to be a lot higher! I think it’s a very good platform to hone your skills and build up your experiences. Winning last month has given me a lot of confidence and I will try my best again this week,” he added.
After capping a second top-10 finish on the ADT last week, Shin, who is based in the Philippines, hopes to leverage on his good form.
“I played well on this course in a local tournament last year so I’m hoping to play well again this week. Last week’s result has given me a boost in confidence as well because I know I can challenge against the top guys out here,” said the 18-year-old Shin, who turned professional in 2013.
The ADT will reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2016.
With the Olympic Games looming in 2016 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.