ADT: Sharma returns with a bang to lead

Fri 30 May 2014

ADT: Sharma returns with a bang to lead

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Manila, May 30: India's Shubhankar Sharma returned in the morning with a bang by completing his second round with a four-under-par 67 to take the second round lead at the ICTSI Riviera Classic on Friday.
The Indian had his round disrupted at the inaugural US$60,000 Asian Development Tour event after inclement weather caused almost three hours of play to be lost and eventually suspended due to fading light in the evening yesterday.
Earlier, Philippines’ Charles Hong made it a day to remember when he shared the clubhouse lead with fellow compatriots Albin Engino and Robert Pactolerin after signing for a flawless 67 on Thursday.
Young Filipino prospect, Miguel Tabuena, who has been touted as one of the future stars of the game on the Asian Tour, bettered his opening day performance by three shots with a 68.
Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert, a one-time ADT winner was tied for fifth alongside Tabuena, Michael Bibat and Elmer Salvador of the Philippines and England’s Peter Richardson at the ICTSI Riviera Classic which is the sixth stop on the ADT.
Hong reveled in delight after his measured game plan rewarded him with a prime position on the leaderboard at the Riviera Golf and Country Club.
After an unconvincing 71 in the first round, Hong constantly kept a mental note of his strategy as he negotiated the 6,916 yards par 71 course with caution before signing for a two-day total of four-under-par 138.
“I was very careful today and told myself not to make any more bogeys after dropping four shots yesterday. I’m really happy to have stayed bogey-free today,” said Hong, who marked his card with birdies on holes five, 10, 16 and 17.
Hong, who is currently second on the domestic merit rankings, is eyeing further improvements as he progresses into his last 36 holes.
“I feel I’ve become a better player since I started playing on the ADT in 2012. My best result was a third-place finish in Sarawak, Malaysia in 2012 and hopefully I can do better than that this week,” said Hong.
Meanwhile the lengthy play suspension proved timely and a blessing in disguise for Tabuena.
The 19-year-old parred his opening hole and bogeyed the next before the sirens went off.
The wait allowed Tabeuna to refocus on his game and it did wonders for him as he came back strongly with four birdies on eight, 10, 11 and 15.
“It was a good wait. Actually, I was glad the sirens went off as it gave me time to think about my game especially after I had bogeyed the second hole. It worked out well in the end and I’m looking forward to the next two rounds,” said Tabuena, who first broke onto the scene as a 16-year-old amateur at the Asian Tour Qualifying School in 2011.
“I couldn’t get a practice round in on Monday as the course was washed out. So I had to play the course blindly yesterday. It was definitely a better round today as the greens were rolling well especially after the rain and I was able to attack the pins,” added Tabuena, who opened his campaign with a 71.
The ADT, which was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012 and a record 16 in the 2013 season, has established itself as a gateway to the Asian Tour.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading second round scores
137- Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) 70-67
138- Albin ENGINO (PHI) 69-69, Charles HONG (PHI) 71-67, Robert PACTOLERIN (PHI) 69-           69
139- Michael BIBAT (PHI) 69-70, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 71-68, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA)72-67, Peter RICHARDSON (ENG) 71-68, Elmer SALVADOR (PHI) 69-70
140- Reynaldo PAGUNSAN (PHI) 70-70
141- Grant JACKSON (ENG) 68-73, Nils FLOREN (SWE) 68-73, Tomokazu YOSHINAGA (JPN) 72-69
Ends.
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.