ADT to sanction tournament in honour of Boonchu

Mon 29 Dec 2014

ADT to sanction tournament in honour of Boonchu

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Singapore, December 29: The Asian Development Tour (ADT) is set to sanction a new tournament in honour of Thai legend Boonchu Ruangkit which will be held in Thailand next month.
The three million baht (approximately US$91,000) Boonchu Ruangkit Championship will be played at the Rancho Charnvee Resort and Country Club on the outskirts of Bangkok from January 8 to 11, 2015.
The 58-year-old Boonchu, also known as the 'Godfather of Thai Golf', said he was proud to see a tournament set up to honour his achievements in the game.
"I am happy that we have got enough sponsors to make this happen,'' said the widely-respected Boonchu, who has won five Asian Tour titles and five European Senior Tour crowns.
"I am happy to have a tournament for our golfers to hone their skills and earn Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. Hopefully, it can become a regular event on the ADT and continue to grow in time to come," added Boonchu, who had the honour of hitting the opening drive when the Asian Tour was launched in 2004 as a players’ body.
The event will be sanctioned by the ADT as the leading players from the burgeoning Tour will be featured alongside the top Thai players including Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thaworn Wiratchant and Prayad Marksaeng. Other top players from the Asian Tour have also been invited by Boonchu.
Asian Tour Associate Director Irfan Hamid said: "On behalf of the ADT, I would like to express our delight in sanctioning the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship in honour of the contribution and success of Boonchu in this great game. He has been, and continues to be an inspiration to many Thai and Asian golfers and this new event is truly appropriate."
Since its inauguration in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to a record 21 tournaments in 2014. The ADT has announced a provisional 2015 schedule of a minimum 17 tournaments with several more to be announced in due course.
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 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.