ADT: Pavit charges into lead with Gandranata

Fri 10 Jan 2014

ADT: Pavit charges into lead with Gandranata

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Jakarta, January 10:  Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert charged into the lead with overnight leader George Gandranata after posting a third round one-under-par 70 at the inaugural Linc Group Jakarta Invitational on Friday.
Pavit compiled a three-day total of eight-under-par 205 to tie with Gandranata, who returned with a 71, at the US$60,000 event, which is the season finale for the 2013 Asian Development Tour (ADT) schedule.
The leading duo hold a three-shot lead over ADT winners Mitsuhiko Hashizume of Japan and England’s Grant Jackson, who shared third place after signing for rounds of 67 and 70 respectively at the Jababeka Golf and Country Club.
Ranked fifth on the ADT Order of Merit, Jackson will need to win this week to break inside the top-four on the final Merit list to earn a 2014 Asian Tour card. He is a mere US$9,000 from third placed Iain Steel and US$8,000 from fourth placed Lindsay Renolds of Canada on the Order of Merit.
With Steel and Renolds currently placed tied-35th and tied-25th respectively at the Linc Group Jakarta Invitational, Jackson have a strong opportunity to overtake them on the Merit ranking if he wins this week.
James Bowen of the United States, ranked second on the Order of Merit, has virtually sealed his Asian Tour card for next season as he sits in tied-eight place after three days.
Pavit, who marked his card with four birdies against three bogeys, was red hot off the tees as he battled his way into contention.
“My driving was good but I didn’t perform well with my irons. I’m very excited about tomorrow. I will definitely try my best and we will see how it goes,” said the 24-year-old Thai.
Gandranata, who held the lead since the first round, continued to stay in prime position of winning his very first ADT title despite making his first bogey of the week on par-four 10th hole.
“I made a lot of good putts for par. I guess that’s what kept me going today. Ball striking was not my best and the pin positions were tough as well. Hopefully my ball striking will be good tomorrow. I’m just going to play one shot at a time and not think too much about winning. I look forward to playing with Pavit again tomorrow. He is a good player,” said the 27-year-old.
Meanwhile Jackson will go all out to try and win the event as he trails the leaders by three shots. “I’m feeling good with how I’ve played so far. I try not to worry about how the others are doing. I just want to concentrate on my own game. I think that will be good enough,” said the Englishman, who had signed for the day’s lowest score.
Currently third on the Order of Merit, Steel knows a good finish this week will boost his rankings and put him a step closer to earning an Asian Tour card for 2014.
“My game is getting a bit rusty actually as I’ve not played for almost three weeks but I didn’t expect myself to finish so close to the cut-off line yesterday. My back pain was acting up as well. I kind of worked on my mental game a bit and I’m glad I played better today. I was more patient,” said Steel, who claimed two consecutive wins on the ADT in 2013.
“Regaining my Asian Tour card for 2014 has obviously been the topic this week but I just want to focus on my own game right now and not think about others. Hopefully I can finish well tomorrow to maintain my ranking on the merit list,” added the 42-year-old Malaysian.
With current number one Nicholas Fung of Malaysia having already secured his Asian Tour card through the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, the next best three players on the ADT rankings will be ‘promoted’ after this week’s final tournament.
The winner of the Linc Group Jakarta Invitational 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 ADT was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011 and 13 in 2012. This week’s final event will be the 16th leg of the season.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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Leading third round scores:
205 – Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 69-66-70, George GANDRANATA (INA) 66-68-71
208 – Grant JACKSON (ENG) 69-72-67, Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN) 68-70-70
209 – CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 71-68-70, Jack MUNRO (AUS) 68-70-71
212 – Rory HIE (INA) 70-71-71
213 – Anthony KANG (USA) 73-71-69, James BOWEN (USA) 75-68-70
215 – William SJAICHUDIN (INA) 75-69-71
216 – Jake STIRLING (AUS) 72-71-73, Maan NASIM (INA) 71-71-74
217 – Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 75-69-73, Jordan IRAWAN (A) (INA) 72-71-74
SELECTED SCORES:
220 – Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 77-72-71
224 – Iain STEEL (MAS) 75-77-72
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About Linc Group
Established in 2001, Linc Group, is driven by a group of outstanding experts with decades of experiences. Today, the business has grown to become a conglomerate offering a suite of Supply Chain solutions that include Shipping, Freight Forwarding and Custom Brokerage, Distribution, Distribution Center and Inventory Management, Liquid Bulk Storage Tank, Supply Chain IT Solutions as well as Comprehensive Supply Chain Training and Education Center. Through the years, the company’s growth was driven by its customers’ unique characteristics and needs. By analyzing and understanding companies of varying sizes and complexities, Linc Group is able to expand and develop its competencies to deliver powerful and effective solutions. They continuously learn from their customer's best practices to deliver the right solutions to meet their customer's growth objectives.
About OB Golf Events
OB Golf Events is a subsidiary of OB Golf & Lifestyle Magazine which is Indonesia’s leading English Golf Magazine. Serving the corporate market with unique and memorable corporate tournaments for over 10 years, OB Golf Events has been behind many success international and domestic golf tournaments in Indonesia. Reaching over 30,000 golfers nationwide, OB Golf serves anyone interested in golf with all their golfing needs.
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.