ADT:Pavit celebrates maiden win in Jakarta

Sat 11 Jan 2014

ADT:Pavit celebrates maiden win in Jakarta

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Jakarta, January 11: Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert savoured a memorable week at the inaugural Linc Group Jakarta Invitational when he shot a one-under-par 70 to claim a maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory on Saturday.
American James Bowen, Malaysia’s Iain Steel and Canadian Lindsay Renolds were also rewarded with 2014 Asian Tour cards after finishing inside the top-four of the final 2013 ADT Order of Merit, topped by Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung, who had already secured his card through the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
Pavit, one of the most promising stars to emerge from Thailand, compiled a four-day total of nine-under-par 275 for a one-shot victory over Japan’s Mitsuhiko Hashizume and joint overnight leader, George Gandranata of Indonesia. They closed with rounds of 68 and 71 respectively at the Jababeka Golf and Country Club.
England’s Grant Jackson, who needed a victory to break into top four on the ADT merit list, settled for fourth on 277 while Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei battled to a 69 to finish fifth at the US$60,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event, which is the season finale for the 2013 ADT schedule.
Pavit, who turned professional in 2007, revelled in delight after clinching his first professional win outside of Thailand. The victory also moved him up to seventh on the final ADT rankings after winning US$10,500 and earning six Official World Golf Ranking points.
“I never thought I could win. It is my first professional win outside of Thailand. George played really well this week. I think I was just luckier than him. My three consecutive birdies in the front nine gave me an advantage,” said the 24-year-old.
“My game is good right now. I hope I can play well at the King’s Cup Golf Hua Hin (on the Asian Tour) next week as well. If I can get a good finish, I would not have to go to Qualifying School. I’m looking forward to it and we will see how it goes,” added Pavit.
Despite missing out on a win, Gandranata remained optimistic that his first career victory will come soon. This week’s event has prepared him for the Asian Tour Qualifying School in Thailand next month.
“It was a good week for me. This is my first time being in the lead on the ADT. I stuck to my plan all week. I only made three bogeys in total so I’m happy with how I played. I could’ve done a lot of things better but this would be a good experience for me,” said the 27-year-old, who traded two birdies against two bogeys today.
After a season long battle on the burgeoning ADT, Bowen, Steel and Renolds are relishing the opportunity of playing on the region’s premier Tour.
Bowen compiled a season’s haul of US$39,824 to finish second on the Order of Merit and hopes the experience of playing on the ADT will prepare him for tough test against the Asian Tour stars in the new season.
“The ADT has been a great stepping stone for me. I gained world ranking points and it helped put me on the world map as well. It has been great playing on the ADT in 2013. I’m really excited now that I’ve got my card. I can’t wait to play on the Asian Tour,” said Bowen, who claimed two victories on the ADT in 2013.
Malaysia’s Steel, who finished tied 33rd at the Linc Group Jakarta Invitational, was delighted to get his Asian Tour career back on track after losing his Tour card two seasons ago.
“This is a second chance for me. I feel really good getting back to where I belong after missing out on the card for two years. I’m looking forward to get back on the Asian Tour. The ADT has been a great platform for me to sharpen my game,” said Steel.
Steel, who claimed two consecutive wins on the ADT in 2013, claimed third place on the Order of Merit with total earnings of US$37,135 while Renolds settled for fourth with US$35,975.
It has been a nervous week for Renolds, who carded a final round 74 to tie for 25th position. He could have missed the Asian Tour card for the second consecutive year if Jackson had won this week.
“It was a really close one for me. I am just glad I managed to obtain my card. The ADT has served as a platform for me to practice my game. I had a great experience playing on the ADT for the last two years,” said the Canadian, who enjoyed a relatively good season with seven top-10 finishes to get to where he is on the merit list despite not claiming any wins.
The ADT was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011 and 13 in 2012. This week’s final event will be the 16th leg of the season.
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Leading final round scores:
275 – Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 69-66-70-70
276 – Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN) 68-70-70-68, George GANDRANATA (INA) 66-68-71-71
277 – Grant JACKSON (ENG) 69-72-67-69
278 – CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 71-68-70-69
279 – Jack MUNRO (AUS) 68-70-71-70
282 – Anthony KANG (USA) 73-71-69-69
284 – Rory HIE (INA) 70-71-71-72
285 – James BOWEN (USA) 75-68-70-72
288 – Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 75-72-72-69, Jordan IRAWAN (A) (INA) 72-71-74-71, Jake STIRLING (AUS) 72-71-73-72
SELECTED SCORES:
294 – Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 77-72-71-74
298  - Iain STEEL (MAS) 75-77-72-74
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About Linc Group
Established in 2001, Linc Group, is driven by a group of outstanding experts with decades of experiences. Today, the business has grown to become a conglomerate offering a suite of Supply Chain solutions that include Shipping, Freight Forwarding and Custom Brokerage, Distribution, Distribution Center and Inventory Management, Liquid Bulk Storage Tank, Supply Chain IT Solutions as well as Comprehensive Supply Chain Training and Education Center. Through the years, the company’s growth was driven by its customers’ unique characteristics and needs. By analyzing and understanding companies of varying sizes and complexities, Linc Group is able to expand and develop its competencies to deliver powerful and effective solutions. They continuously learn from their customer's best practices to deliver the right solutions to meet their customer's growth objectives.
About OB Golf Events
OB Golf Events is a subsidiary of OB Golf & Lifestyle Magazine which is Indonesia’s leading English Golf Magazine. Serving the corporate market with unique and memorable corporate tournaments for over 10 years, OB Golf Events has been behind many success international and domestic golf tournaments in Indonesia. Reaching over 30,000 golfers nationwide, OB Golf serves anyone interested in golf with all their golfing needs.
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.