ADT: Teenage pro Shin seizes lead at PGM Terengganu Championship

Thu 14 Aug 2014

ADT: Teenage pro Shin seizes lead at PGM Terengganu Championship

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Terengganu, Malaysia, August 14:  Teenage professional Micah Shin of the United States snatched the opening round lead at the PGM Terengganu Championship with a bogey-free seven-under-par 64 to take the early honours on Thursday.
The 17-year-old Korean-American, who is based in the Philippines, fired seven birdies to lead by one over Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, a one-time ADT winner, at the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) event.
Poosit Supupramai, also from Thailand, stayed a further shot back in third place on 66 while four other players including Pavit’s younger brother Annop and local hope Shaaban Hussin shared fourth place on matching 68s at the Resorts World Kijal.
Shin has been honing his skills on the ADT since missing out on an Asian Tour card at Qualifying School earlier this year. He only made a single cut in three starts on the ADT this season but enjoyed a second-place finish at a domestic event back in the Philippines in April.
Playing in his first attempt at the Resorts World Kijal, Shin credited his hot putter and lady luck for an impressive round today which also marked his best round on the ADT this season.
“I had quite a few lucky putts today. My putting was really good and I didn’t make any mistakes. The course is in a good condition but it’s challenging. I am very happy with how I played and I’m really looking forward to the next few rounds,” said the lanky Shin.
Pavit, who has notched a total of four top-five finishes this season, is delighted with an encouraging start as he looks to add a second win on the ADT, which was launched in 2010 as gateway to the premier Asian Tour.
“My tee-shots were good today. I gave myself a lot of chances out there. This is a tough course. You have to keep your ball on fairways to play well here. My putting is good too which contributed to my good round today,” said the 25-year-old Thai, who returned with a flawless round highlighted by six birdies.
The winner of the PGM Terengganu Championship, which is the 12th leg on the ADT schedule this season, will take home a prize purse of US$10,500 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking points. The top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.
The ADT is celebrating its fifth season where it has grown immensely from five events in the first year in 2010 to a record 20 tournaments in 2014.
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. Previously, only the top-three players were offered Asian Tour cards.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Picture: Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand
Leading first round scores:
64 – Micah Lauren SHIN (USA)
65 – Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA)
66 – Poosit SUPUPRAMAI (THA)
68 – Pasamet POGAMNERD (THA), Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS), Annop TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA), Roberto GALLETTI (USA)
69 – Anura ROHANA (SRI), Pijit PETCHKASEM (THA), S. Murthy (MAS), Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA), S. Siva Chandhran (MAS), Casey O’TOOLE (USA), Sukree OTHMAN (MAS), Dino ABDILLAH (MAS)
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.