ADT: Sasidaran seize clubhouse lead

Wed 25 Nov 2015

ADT: Sasidaran seize clubhouse lead

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Kuala Lumpur, November 25: M. Sasidaran grabbed the opening round clubhouse lead with a solid six-under-par 65 in the weather-interupted PGM MIDF KLGCC Championship on Wednesday.
The Malaysian fired seven birdies against one bogey for his best score on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) this year at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club East course.
He leads by two shots from Thailand’s Poom Saksansin, who won his first ADT title in October, and India’s Ajeetesh Sandhu at the RM200,000 (approximately US$50,000) event, which is the second last stop on the 2015 ADT schedule.
Defending champion Rizal Amin of Malaysia posted a disappointing 77 to sit in tied 44th place.
The 39-year-old Sasidaran, who is searching for a first ADT win, opened with four birdies in six holes before play was suspended due to lightning threats for close to two hours.
“No it (rain delay) didn’t stop my momentum at all. It is normal to have delays in Malaysia,” he said. “I hit the ball really well today and holed a lot of good putts. That was the key to my good score.”
Sasidaran struggled early in the season but he is beginning to show signs of improvement after putting in extra hours in training and lowering expectations.
“When you set the bar too high, you tend to think too much and push yourself harder to achieve the goals. But when you fail, you lose confidence and feel disappointed. Now I take it easy and the results are beginning to show,” said Sasidaran.
A total of 66 players will return at 7.30am Thursday to complete the first round at the PGM MIDF KLGCC Championship.
With the Olympic Games looming in 2016 where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, players in the region could earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro by earning Official World Golf Ranking points through the Asian Tour and ADT.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com
Leading first round scores:
65 - M. Sasidaran (MAS)
67 - Poom SAKSANSIN (THA), Ajeetesh SANDHU (IND)
68 - Sukree OTHMAN (MAS), GOH Kun Yang (SIN), Lion GOH (MAS), Shariffuddin ARIFFIN (MAS)
69 - LEE Yoo-ho (KOR), James BOWEN (USA)
70 - Brandon LAU Ka Kin (MAS), LEE Shih-hung (TWN), Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA) , Chanat SAKULPOLPHAISAN (THA)
71 - LEE Wei-lin (TWN), R. Nachimuthu (MAS), Sean RIORDAN (NZL), Gavin GREEN (MAS) , HSIEH Chi-hsien (TWN)
72 - WANG Cheng-chi (TWN), KOH Deng Shan (SIN), KHOR Kheng Hwai (MAS), Jordan IRAWAN (INA), Mohamad Azman BASHARUDIN (MAS), Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA), Farid RASHID (MAS), Johannes DERMAWAN (INA), Mohd Amli MOHIYADEEN (MAS)
73 - LAM Kong Loong (MAS), Annop TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA , Takashi OKUDA (JPN), CHOO Tze Huang (SIN), Jordan SHERRATT (AUS), Alex TIONG (MAS), Mark LEICH (AUS), Eugene SIM (SIN)
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.