ADT season finale: Last chance saloon at Linc Group Jakarta Invitational

Fri 03 Jan 2014

ADT season finale: Last chance saloon at Linc Group Jakarta Invitational

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Jakarta, January 3: The Asian Development Tour’s (ADT) season-ending tournament, the Linc Group Jakarta Invitational, will be the last chance saloon for players to secure playing rights on the premier Asian Tour in 2014.
The inaugural US$60,000 tournament will be staged from January 8 to 11 at the Nick Faldo-designed Jababeka Golf and Country Club with an international field from the ADT lining up alongside the leading players from Indonesia.
ADT champions James Bowen of the United States, who is currently second on the Order of Merit, third-ranked Malaysian Iain Steel and Canadian Lindsay Renolds, who is fourth on the rankings, will be aiming to maintain their current positions to earn playing rights on the Asian Tour.
With current number one Nicholas Fung of Malaysia having already earned his card through the Asian Tour Order of Merit, the next highest ranked three players on the ADT Merit list will be “promoted” onto the Asian Tour.
A US$10,500 cheque is at stake for the winner at the Linc Group Jakarta Invitational next week which means England’s Grant Jackson, who is currently fifth on the ADT rankings, is the only player who stands a chance of breaking into the top-four with a victory in Jakarta.
Still, it promises to be a thrilling finale to the 2013 ADT season which will conclude with its record 16th leg in Indonesia next week.
Other top ADT players who will be contending for honours include Japan’s Masaru Takahashi and local talents Rory Hie, George Gandranata and Benny Kasiadi. A total of 14 nations will be represented in the tournament.
Current Merit leader Fung secured his Asian Tour card thanks to a tied fifth finish at the Resorts World Manila Masters and a runner-up outing at the Indonesia Open on the Asian Tour to move up to 31st position on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Bowen currently sits in second position with a season’s haul of US$38,444 while Steel, who won twice in 2013, is third with US$36,623. Renolds is fourth, just a little over US$1,000 behind Steel while Jackson is fifth with US$27,180.
The winner of the Linc Group Jakarta Invitational will also 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.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
For more information on OB Golf Events, please visit www.obgolf.co.id.
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.