ADT: Pavit and Lam share halfway lead

Thu 13 Mar 2014

ADT: Pavit and Lam share halfway lead

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 13:  Singapore’s Lam Zhiqun and Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand shared the halfway lead after posting matching two-under-par 70s at the Asian Development Tour’s (ADT) PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship on Thursday.
The leading duo, who totalled six-under-par 138 each, battled under hazy conditions at the Kelab Rahman Putra Malaysia to hold a one-shot lead at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) ADT event.
Local hope Khor Kheng Hwai, Japan’s Konosuke Nakazato, Australian Daniel Bringolf and overnight leader, Paul Harris of the United States, stayed one shot back in equal third place on 139 total.
A host of nine players, including Annop Tangkamolprasert, younger brother of Pavit, ADT winner Mitsuhiko Hashizume of Japan and Malaysia’s Kenneth De Silva, settled for a share of seventh place at the second event of the 2014 ADT season.
Lam, who mixed his card with four birdies and two bogeys, enjoyed a successful amateur career when he emerged as the top amateur with a tied-eighth finish at the Asian Tour’s ISPS Handa Singapore Classic back in 2011.
“I played pretty consistently today. Managed to grind it out in the haze. I had a solid round yesterday though I didn’t finish well. I’m glad to be in the mix for the next two rounds,” said the 25-year-old, who opened his campaign with a 68.
“I’ve got country exemptions on the Asian Tour this year but I’ll try to play on the ADT whenever I can. I think it’s a good platform for me to practise and sharpen my skills,” added Lam, who was a junior international swimmer for Singapore before quitting and taking up golf at the age of 12.
Meanwhile Pavit stayed on course for a second win on the ADT after trading six birdies against four bogeys. He claimed his first victory at the 2013 season-ending event in Jakarta earlier in January.
“My tee shots were not very good today but I did well with my short game and putting. It was really tough having to play in the haze and the wind was picking up in the afternoon. I’m glad to put myself in a good position going into the last two rounds,” said Pavit.
“I’ll stick to the same game plan tomorrow and try to give myself more chances to score. Hopefully I can do better tomorrow,” added the 24-year-old.
The halfway cut was set at one-over-par with 53 players advancing into the final two rounds.
The winner of the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship will take home a prize purse of US$10,500 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking points. The top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.
The top five players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season 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 second round scores:
138 – LAM Zhiqun (SIN) 68-70, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 68-70
139 – KHOR Kheng Hwai (MAS) 69-70, Paul HARRIS (USA) 67-72, Konosuke NAKAZATO (JPN) 69-70, Daniel BRINGOLF (AUS) 68-71
140 – Yuzo ICHIKAWA (JPN) 70-70, Mohd Iylia JAMIL (MAS) 70-70, Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN) 68-72, Rizal AMIN (MAS) 71-69, Philip MATSSON (THA) 71-69, Annop TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 71-69, Kenneth DE SILVA (MAS) 72-68, Malcolm KOKCINSKI (SWE) 71-69, Brett MUNSON (USA) 70-70
141 – Casey O’TOOLE (USA) 72-69, Ben LEONG (MAS) 70-71, R.J. CARACELLA (AUS) 72-69, Senroku ISA (JPN) 69-72
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.