ADT: Sattaya and Huang set early pace at Ballantine's Taiwan Championship

Thu 31 Jul 2014

ADT: Sattaya and Huang set early pace at Ballantine's Taiwan Championship

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 31: Thailand’s Sattaya Supupramai fired a flawless six-under-par 66 to grab a share of the opening round lead with local hope Huang Tung-liang at the US$110,000 Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship on Thursday.
sattaya supupramaiSattaya sank four birdies and one eagle at the highly-rated Ta Kang Shan Golf Course in Kaohsiung city while Huang fired seven birdies against one bogey at the Asian Development Tour (ADT) tournament, which is returning to the schedule for its fifth edition this week.
Australian Michael Moore and Englishmen Grant Jackson and Peter Richardson posted matching 67s to trail the leading duo by one-shot. ADT Order of Merit leader Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei, winner of the Taifong Open last week, was tied in sixth place with six other players including local veteran Lin Wen-tang after signing for a 68.
Sattaya was delighted with his opening round efforts after gradually making improvements in his game since working with his new coach, Boy, a few months ago. He has been hunting for a second ADT title after claiming his maiden win at the ICTSI Mount Malarayat Classic in the Philippines last year.
“I think I’m performing better ever since I started working with my new coach. My swing is good and my game is in a good shape too. It was not that windy this morning so it was pretty much an advantage for me. There are still a lot to do to stay up there for the next few rounds so we will see how it goes,” said the 30-year-old Thai.
Sattaya also credited his improved mental game to his strong start. “I think my mental game is getting better. I try to stay committed and focused in every shot I make and not rush through the game. I try not to get ahead of myself as well and take things at my own pace. It’s good to see the efforts paying off and I am feeling more confident now,” added Sattaya.
Huang Tung-liangHuang remained modest with his good performance and claimed that his solid putting and iron-play worked to his advantage.
“My iron-play and putting were great today. I managed to chip in for birdies on the third and 12th holes as well which were really pleasing. Today’s round has given me a boost in confidence and I will continue to do my best for the next few rounds,” said Huang.
“My initial target was to make the cut so I am very happy with how I played today. I think enjoying the game is the most important so I won’t give myself any pressure. I’m looking forward to the next round,” added Huang.
The ADT was launched with five tournaments in 2010 before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012, 16 in 2013 and a record 20 tournaments in the 2014 season.
This season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season and also continue to offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Photo credit: chung500
Leading first round scores:
66 – HUANG Tung-liang (TPE), Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA)
67 – Peter RICHARDSON (ENG), Michael MOORE (AUS), Grant JACKSON (ENG)
68 – CHAN Shih-chang (TPE), Niall TURNER (IRL), LIN Chien-bing (TPE), HSU Hao-sheng (TPE), YEH Yu-chen (A) (TPE), LIN Wen-hong (TPE), LIN Wen-tang (TPE), HUNG Chun-kang (TPE)
69 – SUNG Mao-chang (TPE), HSIEH Tung-shu (TPE), Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA), YEH Wei-tze (TPE), CHEN Yuan-chi (TPE), HSU Chia-jen (TPE), Victor LEE (KOR), LAM Zhiqun (SIN), LU Wen-teh (TPE), Jay BAYRON (PHI), Pijit PETCHKASEM (THA)
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.