ADT to kick off season in style at PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship

Fri 21 Feb 2014

ADT to kick off season in style at PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship

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Alor Setar, Malaysia, February 21: The burgeoning Asian Development Tour (ADT), which is the gateway to the premier Asian Tour, will kick off the brand new 2014 season with the RM200,000 (approx. US$60,000) PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship next week.
The season-opening event will be staged at the Harvard Golf and Country Club from February 26 to March 1 and will feature an international mix of players from over 19 countries which include past ADT champions, Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei, England’s Grant Jackson and Japanese Masaru Takahashi.
Danny Chia, first Malaysian to win an event on the Asian Tour, will spearhead the local challenge alongside Wilson Choo, Kenneth De Silva and Kemarol Baharin, who just earned their tickets to the prestigious US$2.75 million Maybank Malaysian Open in April after finishing in top four at the National Qualifiers on Wednesday.
China’s Ye Jian-feng, who finished tied 46th in the Qualifying School final stage last week, hopes to make amends for missing the grade by doing well on the ADT this season.
“It’s a pity I didn’t manage to get my Tour card last week but I know I’ve tried my best. I made the cut at the Asian Tour Qualifying School which is a great improvement. I have learnt from my experience last week and hopefully it will prepare me for the tough challenge in the new season ahead,” said the 22-year-old.
Players who played in the 2014 Qualifying School presented by Sports Authority of Thailand earlier this month are eligible to play on the ADT in the new season.
With close to 700 players participating in the recent Qualifying School, the field at all ADT events this season is expected to be even stronger.
The winner of the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship 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 will also continue to offer world ranking points for the second consecutive year. They will be used to determine the field when golf makes a return to the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
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 proved to be a successful platform for upcoming players to gain entry into the region’s premier Tour.
The PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship is co-sanctioned by the ADT and the PGM (Professional Golf of Malaysia) Tour. James Bowen of the United States will not be defending his title next week as he will be playing in the SAIL-SBI Open on the Asian Tour. The American secured his Tour card after finishing second on the 2013 ADT merit list.
Other notable names playing at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship include James Byrne of Scotland, Japan’s Mitsuhiko Hashizume and Choo Tze Huang of Singapore.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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.