ADT young guns take aim at PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship

Fri 07 Mar 2014

ADT young guns take aim at PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship

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Sungai Buloh, Selangor, Malaysia, March 7: The Asian Development Tour (ADT)’s young guns will be looking to make their impressions on the burgeoning Tour when they tee off at the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship in Malaysia next week.
Highly-rated Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, who won the 2013 ADT season-ending event in Jakarta in January, Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden, China’s rising star Ye Jian-feng and defending champion, James Byrne of Scotland, who are all in their early 20s, will feature in the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) event.
Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat, who leads the current ADT Order of Merit courtesy of his win last week, England’s Grant Jackson, Japan’s Kodai Ichihari and Darren Tan of Australia, will also be amongst an international mix of players from over 15 countries challenging for honours at the Rahman Putra Golf Club from March 12-15.
Ye, who hails from Shenzhen, is tipped to shine on the ADT this season as he seeks to redeem himself after missing out on his Asian Tour card by a slim margin at the Qualifying School last month.
The 22-year-old Chinese holds the distinction of being the youngest player at the age of 13 years and 20 days to play on the Asian Tour at the 2004 Sanya Open. He showed perseverance and determination to excel in his game despite his limited playing opportunities on the Asian Tour.
“I think I’ve made some improvements lately which is good. I have always liked to play on the Asian Tour and ADT and I’m looking forward to playing next week. It’s a pity I didn’t manage to get my Tour card but I have learnt from my experience and hopefully it will prepare me for the tough challenge in the new season ahead,” said Ye.
“I try to do well in every tournament I take part in, whether it’s on the ADT or on the Asian Tour. I want to gain more exposure and experience so that I can take my game to another level. It is great that the ADT offers world ranking points too as it will boost my chances of representing my home country at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero,” added Ye.
Ye will join compatriots Wang Ming-hao, an ADT debutant and Shang Zhi in representing China at the PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship, which is the second event on the 2014 ADT schedule.
The ADT enters an exciting development this season as it will be rewarding the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights in the 2015 Asian Tour season.
This will be a significant boost for aspiring professionals on the ADT as this is the highest number of Asian Tour cards up for grabs since the fledging Tour was established in 2010. Only the top three players on the final ADT Order of Merit for each season obtained their Asian Tour cards in the past.
Working in close partnership with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour, a total of 12 PGM events will feature on this season’s ADT Schedule, giving Malaysian players a big incentive in chasing for a place on the region’s main Tour.
The winner of the PGM CCM Rahman Putra 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.
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.