ADT rising star Chan set sights on Rio Olympics

Fri 17 Oct 2014

ADT rising star Chan set sights on Rio Olympics

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Singapore, October 17: Asian Development Tour (ADT) standout Chan Shih-chang hopes his journey on the less traveled road will ultimately lead him to Rio de Janeiro in two years’ time.
The 28-year-old Chan has propelled up the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) this season following three victories on the ADT and hopes that his success will sustain his dream to qualify for the Olympics in 2016.
The ADT welcomes worthy winners every year and 2014 has proven to be exceptional for Chan, who has been busy rewriting history on the burgeoning circuit which is the pathway to the elite Asian Tour.
After breaking through with his maiden title in Sabah, Malaysia last September, the slightly built Chan has claimed three more victories this year to become the player with the most wins on the ADT since its inauguration in 2010.
He has also become the first player to secure three titles in a single season and was subsequently rewarded with playing rights on the Asian Tour for the second half of the 2014 season.
“My next aim is to win on the Asian Tour,” said Chan, who leads the ADT Order of Merit with US$66,991 which is also a record-high.
“I broke into world’s top-200 after winning the Taifong Open in July. It is my first time getting into top-200 and it feels great. I’m still hoping to grab more victories this year to boost my ranking.
“Hopefully I can continue to stay in that position as the leading player from Chinese Taipei so that I qualify for the Olympics in 2016. It would be an honour if I can represent Chinese Taipei in the Olympics.”
Chan has also proven to be dominant on home soil in the domestic circuit. He has also won three times but has vowed to not let his success get in the head.
As a late bloomer in the game, Chan is prepared to maintain his hard work as he ultimately wants to win on the Asian Tour and subsequently get onto the PGA Tour.
“I picked up golf only when I was 15. It’s considered late compared to other golfers. I gave up a lot of time hanging out with my family and friends just to practice back then. Sometimes, I had to practice during public holidays too,” said Chan, who comes from a golfing family where his father and brother are golfers and his mother worked as a caddy.
“Tiger Woods has always been the player whom I look up to, even since the days when I was an amateur. I always get reminded of my dream to play in the United States whenever I watch him on TV,” added Chan.
Having endured several misses of securing his Asian Tour card at the Qualifying School, Chan is thankful that he had the opportunity to ply his trade on the ADT, which has proven to be his pathway to the region’s premier Tour.
“The ADT gives us a good platform to advance our careers, especially with the world ranking points on offer. I just want to keep playing in tournaments so that I gain experience and hone my skills. That’s why I chose to play on the ADT,” he said.
Chan is well-known for his strong mental fortitude as proven by his three wins which came via play-offs. “It’s important to keep yourself composed and calm heading into play-offs. I will tell myself I can do it and I will win the tournament. Believing in yourself is very important. You must have confidence.”
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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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.