ADT: Nachimuthu stays in lead at PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters

Fri 04 Oct 2013

ADT: Nachimuthu stays in lead at PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters

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Kuching, Malaysia, October 5: Malaysia’s R. Nachimuthu kept the local hopes alive when he carded a two-under-par 70 at the halfway stage of the PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters on Saturday.
A total of 33 players, including Nachimuthu, have returned at 7am on Saturday morning to complete their second round.
The third round will commence at 10.15am on Saturday.
Nachimuthu totalled nine-under-par 135 for a one-shot lead over compatriot Nicholas Fung (70), Thailand’s Jakraphan Premsirigorn (67), American Dodge Kemmer (68) and Australian Jack Munro (68) who took a share of second place at the Sarawak Golf Club.
Another local propect Hans Jamil stayed a further shot back for third place while compatriot M. Sasidaran settled for fourth on 138 at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Title holder Kenneth De Silva signed for a 69 to tie at 22nd while current ADT Order of Merit leader, James Bowen, added a 73 to his opening round of 72 to narrowly make the cut at the PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters.
Nachimuthu, winner of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour's Order of Merit in 2011, credited his recent good run of form as he stays on track for a maiden win on the ADT, which is the feeder circuit to the premier Asian Tour.
“I am still hitting the ball well. I’m feeling confident with my game right now. Hopefully I can continue my good form when I start the third round later, “ said the 42-year-old.
Jakraphan, who has notched three top-10 finishes on the ADT this season, fought his way into contention with six birdies against one bogey.
“I took my time and played shot by shot today. I didn’t really focus on my scores. I just concentrated on my game. I’m happy to be in a good position going into the weekend rounds,” said the 21-year-old, who is ranked 14th on the ADT Order of Merit.
Kemmer, who came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School in January, remained on course for a maiden ADT victory. “I managed to avoid big mistakes. I made a few putts which was pretty good. I’ll keep to my own pace and hopefully save more putts in the weekend rounds,” said the 26-year-old, whose best result on the Asian Tour this season was a tied 10th finish in the Philippines in April.
The halfway cut was set at two-over-par 146 with 55 players advancing into the final two rounds.
The top three players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the elite Asian Tour in 2014.
All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points, which will be used to determine the field for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The PGM MNRB Sarawak Masters, 13th leg on the ADT this season, is co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour and the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM Tour).
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading second round scores:
135 – R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 65-70
136 – Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 69-67, Dodge KEMMER (USA) 68-68, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 66-70, Jack MUNRO (AUS) 68-68
137 – Hans JAMIL (MAS) 67-70
138 – M. Sasidaran (MAS) 71-67
139 – Carl SANTOS-OCAMPO (PHI) 69-70, Adam BLYTH (AUS) 72-67
140 – Nabil ADBUL (AUS) 70-70, Wasin SRIPATTRANUSORN (THA) 71-69, Rufino BAYRON (PHI) 73-67, Charles HONG (PHI) 73-67, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 70-70
Ends.
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.