ADT: Turner takes over the lead at KLGCC

Fri 08 Nov 2013

ADT: Turner takes over the lead at KLGCC

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Kuala Lumpur, November 8: Ireland’s Niall Turner rediscovered some of his best form when he fired a four-under-par 67 to seize the second round lead at the PGM MIDF KLGCC Masters on Friday.
Play was halted at 3.05pm before resuming one and a half hours later and then abandoned for the day at 6.50pm due to fading light.
A total of 15 players returned at 7.30am on Saturday to complete their second rounds at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s East course.
Turner compiled a two-day total of seven-under-par 135 for a one-shot lead over Masaru Takahashi of Japan, who returned with a 70, at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan signed for a flawless 66 to stay a further shot back in third place while local hope Shaaban Hussin settled for fourth on 138 at the PGM MIDF KLGCC Masters, which is the penultimate tournament of the 2013 ADT season.
Overnight co-leader Iylia Jamil of Malaysia signed for a disappointing 74 to tie on fifth with compatriot Nicholas Fung on 140.
Turner, who was sidelined after undergoing a hand surgery in April, is glad to see his game picking up since returning to play on the ADT in July.
“I played solid today. My game is in a good shape and I’m happy with how I played. The course is in a great condition too but the hot weather was not really for me. Luckily it wasn’t windy in the morning which makes it easier to score,” said the lanky Irish, who fired seven birdies against three bogeys.
“I haven’t played much since April as I was recovering from a hand surgery. I started playing again in July and I’m doing great so far. Hopefully I can play better in the weekend rounds,” added the 30-year-old.
Koh continued to show progress with his form as he has now made five out of six cuts this season on the premier Asian Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season in 2013.
“I hit the ball very good today. I made a couple of long putts for birdies. The whole layout of the course makes it really challenging. My game has been very consistent since the beginning of the year and my mental game has improved a lot as well. I will try my best tomorrow and we will see how it goes,” said the spirited 25-year-old.
“I’ve enjoyed playing on the Asian Tour and ADT. It has been great experiences and under the guidance of Asian Tour regulars Mardan Mamat and Zaw Moe, I have a better idea on how to handle the different golf courses. I guess there is still a lot for me to learn as it’s only my second year as a pro,” added Koh.
The halfway cut was set at six-over-par with 55 players advancing to the final two rounds.
The top three players at the end of the season will earn Asian Tour cards for 2014.
All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points starting this year. Winners on the ADT will receive a minimum of six world ranking points while the top six players and ties will earn points based on a sliding scale.
The ADT was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011 and 13 last year. It has proven to be a successful platform for upcoming players to gain entry into the region’s premier Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season in 2013.
The PGM MIDF KLGCC Masters is co-sanctioned by the ADT and PGM Tour. It is the 15th and penultimate leg of the season, with details of the season-ending tournament to be announced in due course.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading second round scores:
135 – Niall TURNER (IRL) 68-67
136 – Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 66-70
137 – KOH Deng Shan (SIN) 71-66
138 – Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS) 69-69
140 – Mohd Iylia JAMIL (MAS) 66-74, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 69-71
141 – Philip MATSSON (THA) 75-66, Supravee PHATAM (THA) 71-70, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 68-73, Charles DAVIES (WAL) 71-70, LEE Shih-hung (TWN) 71-70, LEE Cho-chuan (TWN) 68-73, Pasavee LERTVILAI (THA) 69-72
142 – Pijit PETCHKASEM (THA) 69-73, Wasin SRIPATTRANUSORN (THA) 70-72, Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (YHA) 72-70, Arie FAUZI (MAS) 71-71
143 – Wittawat SAE-UNG (THA) 73-70, R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 73-70, LEE Wei-lin (TWN) 75-68, Airil Rizman ZAHARI (MAS) 73-70
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 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.