ADT: Super Shunya wins

Sat 06 Feb 2016

ADT: Super Shunya wins

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Kuala Lumpur, February 6: Shunya Takeyasu of Japan edged a luckless Namchok Tantipokhakul of Thailand to win his first career title at the PGM UMW Championship on Saturday.
The 23-year-old Japanese closed with a five-under-par 67 to triumph in the Asian Development Tour (ADT) event with a winning total of 16-under-par 272 at the Templer Park Country Club.
Namchok settled for second place after his birdie attempt on the last hole lipped out as he returned with a 69 to finish one-shot back from the champion at the RM200,000 (approximately US$46,600) ADT event.
Doohwan Bang of Korea and Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent shared third place following rounds of 65 and 69 respectively to finish on matching 274s.
Namchok TantipokhakulTakeyasu was delighted to win his first ADT title since turning professional in 2013 after posting a blemish free card which included five birdies.
After finishing tied 18th at Qualifying School last month, the Japanese believes this win will be the perfect confidence booster ahead of his first Asian Tour event at the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open next week.
“I’m very happy with the win. It is my first ever title!” said the ecstatic Takeyasu, who won US$8,397.
“I enjoy playing in Asia because I like the warm weather. It is very cold in Japan now. My game has been consistent since Qualifying School so this win comes at the right time,” he added.
A devastated Namchok rued the missed opportunity to win his second ADT title in a span of two months after watching narrowly missing his birdies putts on the last hole for the second day.
“It was the same yesterday, it looked like a sure birdie but it jumped out. I threw the game away. I didn’t give myself many birdie chances and didn’t take the scoring opportunities on the par fives. It is okay Shunya played well and he deserves the win,” said Namchok.
With the Olympic Games looming this July 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 final round scores:
272 - Shunya TAKEYASU (JPN) 72 65 68 67
273 - Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 70 66 68 69
274 - Doohwan BANG (KOR) 67 72 70 65, Scott VINCENT (ZIM) 71 71 63 69
276 - Oscar ZETTERWALL (SWE) 74 69 69 64
277 - Samuel CHIEN (USA) 69 69 72 67
279 - Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 68 70 73 68, Jay BAYRON (PHI) 69 72 69 69, Paul HARRIS (USA) 71 66 70 72
280 - Johannes VEERMAN (USA) 70 72 73 65, John Michael O'TOOLE (USA) 69 75 68 68, Kemarol BAHARIN (MAS) 68 68 71 73
283 - Janne KASKE (FIN) 70 72 71 70, Tawit POLTHAI (THA) 72 69 72 70, Oskar ARVIDSSON (SWE) 70 67 73 73
284 - Jihwan PARK (KOR) 70 73 71 70, Ervin CHANG (A) (MAS) 69 75 71 69, Simon GRIFFITHS (ENG) 68 73 75 68, Shane SMITH (USA) 69 67 74 74, Baxter REEVES (USA) 68 70 71 75
285 - Patrick LUNDY (USA) 73 70 70 72, Nirun SAE-UENG (THA) 70 72 73 70, Blake SNYDER (USA) 73 70 69 73, Nicolas PAEZ (USA) 69 70 77 69, Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS) 70 73 67 75, Taichi NABETANI (JPN) 71 72 74 68
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.