ADT: Lin snatches halfway lead at Ballantine's Taiwan Championship

Fri 01 Aug 2014

ADT: Lin snatches halfway lead at Ballantine's Taiwan Championship

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Aug 1:  Local hero Lin Wen-tang produced a bogey-free round to grab the second round clubhouse lead with a solid eight-under-par 64 at the weather-disrupted US$110,000 Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship on Friday.
Lin compiled a two-day total of 12-under-par 132 for a three-shot lead over compatriot and overnight co-leader Huang Tung-liang as well as Grant Jackson of England, who signed for respective rounds of 69 and 68 at the Ta Kang Shan Golf Course.
Local sensation Chan Shih-chang matched his opening round of 68 to tie in fourth place with the other overnight co-leader Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand, who posted a 70, at the Asian Development Tour (ADT) tournament, which has been staged on the ADT Schedule since the Tour was inaugurated in 2010.
Past ADT winners Peter Richardson of England and Niall Turner of Ireland took a share of sixth place with Australian duo Michael Moore and David Lutterus on matching 137s at the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship, which is the 11th stop on the ADT schedule this season.
The second round of the Ballantine's Taiwan Championship was delayed for close to three hours in the morning due to inclement weather. Play as abandoned for the day at 7.00pm (local time) due to fading light.
A total of 13 players will return to Ta Kang Shan golf course to complete their second rounds at 6.30am on Saturday morning with the third round expected to start not earlier than 8.00am.
Lin, a six-time Asian Tour winner, produced some breath-taking golf when he marked his card with six birdies and one eagle to hold a firm grip in the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship, a tournament which he won in 2010.
“It has been awhile since I last won this tournament. This is one of the tournaments which I really hope to play well in. I was tired due to the rain delays this morning. It was a long day for me but I managed to keep up with my own pace and stay consistent,” said Lin.
Lin, who turned 40 two months ago, believes that experience will be the key to success this week.
“You must have good fitness to compete against the younger players. I have a lot of experience so I think it’s still possible to win at this age. You just need a right mind-set. I’ll stick to the same game plan for the next two rounds and hopefully we will see some good results,” added Lin.
Huang signalled his strong intentions to end a six-year winless drought as he continued his chase for a maiden win on the ADT. He last won a professional tournament in Hong Kong in 2008.
“I played solid today. I didn’t make any mistakes. My woods and irons were great. Would have made a couple more birdies if I putted as well as I did yesterday,” said the 36-year-old Huang.
“I haven’t been in contention for a long time as I spend most of my time teaching golf and I play mainly the local events. I am feeling upbeat about my chances and more confident with my game after two rounds here. It’s good to see our big brother (Lin) leading now. Definitely hoping to keep the trophy on home soil,” added Huang.
The halfway cut is projected to be at one-under-par with the top 50 and ties advancing to the next two rounds.
The ADT was launched with five tournaments in 2010 before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012, 16 in 2013 and a record 20 tournaments in the 2014 season.
This season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season and also continue to offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading second round scores:
132 – LIN Wen-tang (TPE) 68-64
135 – HUANG Tung-liang (TPE) 66-69, Grant JACKSON (ENG) 67-68
136 – Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 66-70, CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 68-68
137 – David LUTTERUS (AUS) 71-66, Peter RICHARDSON (ENG) 67-70, Niall TURNER (IRL) 68-69, Michael MOORE (AUS) 67-70
138 – SUNG Mao-chang (TPE) 69-69, Brett MUNSON (USA) 71-67
139 – LU Wen-the (TPE) 69-70, Jay BAYRON (PHI) 69-70, LIN Wen-hong (TPE) 68-71, HUNG Chun-kang (TPE) 68-71
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.