ADT: Kevin and Lascuna share lead

Thu 24 Nov 2016

ADT: Kevin and Lascuna share lead

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Bogor, Indonesia, November 23: Tour rookie Kevin Techakanokboon and Filipino stalwart Antonio Lascuna fired identical four-under-par 67s to share the lead in the opening round of the weather-disrupted Combiphar Golf Invitational on Wednesday.


Rifqi Alam (a) of Indonesia


The inaugural US$60,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event was suspended for over two hours in the afternoon due to lightning threats before play was abandoned at 6pm local time due to fading light.


A total of 45 players returned on Thursday at 6.15am to complete their rounds at the Gunung Geulis Country Club in Bogor, a city in the West Java province of Indonesia. The second round has commenced at 7 am.


Local amateur Rifqi Alam came in one shot back to take third place with Victor Osterby of Denmark and Thailand’s Panuwat Muenlek while another local prospect Indra Hermawan signed for a 69 to sit in sixth alongside Toni Ferrer of Spain and American Micah Lauren Shin.


Kevin, who joined the play-for-pay ranks at the start of the year, surprised even himself when he fired one eagle and four birdies against two bogeys to take the clubhouse lead.


“I honestly do not have any high expectations. I didn’t get much sleep last night. I just tried to stay patient because it’s easy to get frustrated on this course with the way the greens are sloped,” said Kevin, who rammed in a 40-foot eagle putt on par-five 16.


“I hit a good tee shot which left me with a seven-iron for my second shot. I hit it just short of the front edge of the green and holed about a 40-foot putt for the eagle,” added the 24-year-old Thai.


Kevin, who came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier in January, credited his solid drives for a commendable start to his campaign at the Combiphar Golf Invitational.


“I drove the ball well and put myself in good positions to try and make birdies. I did pretty well in limiting careless errors and avoided making bogeys. It’s important to hit as many fairways as you can because the course is very wet. You need to leave yourself with uphill putts with your approach shots too,” he said.


All ADT events offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The winner will receive six OWGR points while the top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.


The top-five finishers on the final Order of Merit will secure their Asian Tour cards for 2017.


For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.


Ends.


Leading first round results:


67 – Kevin TECHAKANOKBOON (THA), Antonio LASCUNA (PHI)


68 – Rifqi ALAM (A) (INA), Victor OSTERBY (DEN), Panuwat MUENLEK (THA)


69 – Indra HERMAWAN (INA), Toni FERRER (ESP), Micah Lauren SHIN (USA)


70 – Mitchell SLORACH (SGP), Danny MASRIN (INA), Blake SNYDER (USA), Arie IRAWAN (MAS), Sam CYR (USA), Paul HARRIS (USA), John CATLIN (USA)


About Combiphar


Combiphar was established in 1971 as pharmaceutical company. Today, Combiphar has transformed into a consumer healthcare modern company that manufactures and markets nearly 200 high quality and affordable prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as OBH Combi cough syrup, joint pain reliever gel Joint Fit, green tea-based women cleaning products Privé, INSTO eyedrops, apta+ nutritious milk for adults, and Hezandra, supplements to protect the hepatic function. Equipped with the latest technologies and modern standard operating procedures, the Combiphar production facility located in Padalarang, West Java, has succeeded in acquiring the international certification ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which makes certain products of Combiphar able to be exported to Australia.


In addition, Combiphar also has its own R&D facility which focused on optimizing the quality of its prescription drugs to ensure that the drugs meet the Bio-Availability, BioEquivalence and Nanotechnology standards. Combiphar won the Super Brand 2015 in the “Consumer Healthcare Products and Service” category for OBH Combi & Insto. Combiphar currently occupies the top two major national pharmaceutical companies position as “Indonesia’s Most Reputable Healthcare Brands 2015” (Onbee Research/SWA, May 2015) in terms of brand equity and customer loyalty. For more information, please visit: www.combiphar.com.


About 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.