ADT: Newcomer Munson savours maiden win

Sat 15 Mar 2014

ADT: Newcomer Munson savours maiden win

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 15:  American Brett Munson revelled in delight when he claimed his breakthrough win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) with a final round four-under-par 68 at the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship on Saturday.
Munson, who is only playing in his second event on the ADT, compiled a total score of eight-under-par 208 for a one-shot victory over Thai brothers, Annop and Pavit Tangkamolprasert, at the 54-hole RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) ADT event.
Pavit, who held a share of the second round lead, signed for a closing 71 while Annop ended his campaign with a 69 at the Kelab Rahman Putra Malaysia.
Malaysia’s Ben Leong, a one-time winner on the premier Asian Tour, emerged as the best local player after battling to a 69 to share fourth place with Japan’s Konozuke Nakazato on matching 210s at the second event of the 2014 ADT season.
Canadian David Rose, Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski and past ADT champion Mitsuhiko Hashizume of Japan finished a further shot back on tied-sixth place after posting rounds of 69, 71 and 71, respectively.
Munson, who fired five birdies against a lone bogey, received a welcome boost coming to Asia after sealing the deal at the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship in Malaysia.
“I am overwhelmed with joy right now. It has been a while since I last won. This is really amazing,” said the 27-year-old, who received the coveted Jack Nicklaus award as the top Division II golfer for the 2009-2010 season on the eGolf professional Tour back in the United States.
My putting was great today. I played solid and I hit a lot of fairways too. I told myself to stay positive and stick to my fundamentals. Overall, it has been a great experience this week. Hopefully I can continue to do better this season,” added Munson.
Munson took home the winner’s prize purse of US$10,670 which propelled him to second on the ADT Order of Merit led by Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat. He also received six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points courtesy of his victory. The top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.
“I feel that there are a lot of opportunities here in Asia. That’s why I came all the way here from the United States. It has been really enjoyable playing on the ADT even though this is only my second event. The tournaments are very well-organised.
I haven’t really settled down in Asia yet but I am planning to find a place in Hua Hin, Thailand for this year just to work on my game and to get use to everything here. The Asian Tour is one of the better Tours around so hopefully I can work my way up from the ADT,” said Munson.
Although Pavit was left to rue a missed chance on his second ADT win, he was happy with his overall performance and is confident that a second win will come soon if he stays consistent in his game.
"I'm happy with my result this week although I could have avoided a lot of mistakes. I'm happy with see my brother doing well too. We both have enjoyed a solid week. Brett shot a 68 on a tough day so he deserved the win," said the humbled 24-year-old.
This season, the top five players on the final ADT Order of Merit rankings will secure Asian Tour cards for 2015.
The ADT, which was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012 and a record 16 in the 2013 season, has proved to be a successful platform for upcoming players to gain entry into the region’s premier Tour.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading third and final round scores:
208 – Brett MUNSON (USA) 70-70-68
209 – Annop TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 71-69-69, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 68-70-71
210 – Ben LEONG (MAS) 70-71-69, Konosuke NAKAZATO (JPN) 70-69-71
211 – David ROSE (CAN) 70-72-69, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 71-69-71, Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN) 68-72-71
212 – Peter RICHARDSON (ENG) 71-72-69, Senroku ISA (JPN) 69-72-71, Rizal AMIN (MAS) 71-69-72, Dodge KEMMER (USA) 76-69-67, Daniel BRINGOLF (AUS) 68-71-73
213 – Arie IRAWAN (MAS) 70-72-71, Jake STIRLIING (AUS) 71-72-70, Piya SWANGARUNPORN (THA) 75-67-71, Casey O’TOOLE (USA) 72-69-72, KOH Deng Shan (SIN) 72-72-69, Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) 72-73-68, S. Siva Chandhran (MAS) 73-72-68, LAM Zhiqun (SIN) 68-70-75
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.