ADT: Lu eager for action again at Ballantine's Taiwan Championship

Wed 07 Aug 2013

ADT: Lu eager for action again at Ballantine's Taiwan Championship

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Chinese Taipei, August 7: Chinese Taipei’s Lu Wei-chih will make his long-awaited comeback at the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship which tees off at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club on Thursday.
The 34-year-old has been on medical leave since August last year, recovering from a brain tumour surgery.
After a year’s hiatus from international golf, Lu is eager for action again at the US$110,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
“I feel like I’m playing the first golf tournament in my life once again. I’m very excited but I’ll try to take it easy and not push myself too hard for now. I just hope to finish playing the first 18 holes and see where I stand,” said Lu.
Lu, a three-time Asian Tour winner, spent much of his time at home as part of his rehabilitation following his surgery.
While he acknowledges that he is not at his best yet, the father of two is sanguine about playing his way back into the winner’s circle again.
“I am feeling better already. I rested for about five months since the surgery and have been taking occasional walks round the neighbourhood and doing some light exercises,” said the 34-year-old.
“I would say my current form is only about 60%. I’m planning to participate in a few tournaments in the second half of the year just to condition myself again but the focus would be next year where I hope I can start off well, ” added Lu, whose last international appearance was at the Queen’s Cup in June last year.
As Lu joins the strong line-up of local hopefuls at the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship, he is delighted with the opportunity to play on the big stage again.
“I really miss playing on the Tour as well as my friends there. It’s great to be able to do something that you love. Playing on the Asian Tour is what I’ve always wanted to do and I’m happy that I’m playing this week,” said Lu.
Other likely contenders at the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship include Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang, a six-time Asian Tour winner and winner of the 2010 Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship, defending champion Hsieh Chi-hsien  and Hung Chien-yao, who secured his Asian Tour card at the Qualifying School this year.
A total of 144 players will compete in the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship this week, with the field being split between the ADT and Taiwan PGA.
Current ADT Order of Merit leader, James Bowen of the United States, China’s Ye Jian-feng, Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung, England’s Grant Jackson and Singapore’s Quincy Quek will spearhead the international charge at the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship which is the 10th leg of the 2013 ADT season.
All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points, which will be used to determine the field for the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne in November and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
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.
A total of 14 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 Ballantine’s
Ballantine’s is the No 2 ultra-premium Scotch whisky in Asia, No 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 129 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.
•          Ballantine’s has been title sponsor of the Ballantine’s Championship since 2008
•          Ballantine’s is an official sponsor of the BMW Masters, The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open & The World Cup of Golf
•          The first Ballantine’s sponsored golf tournament was played in 1960 at Wentworth Golf Club, England
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.