Bowen Aims for Malaysian Double

Thu 03 Jan 2013

Bowen Aims for Malaysian Double

Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, March 1: James Bowen of the United States is aiming for a Malaysian double when he headlines the PGM Northport Glenmarie Masters next week.

Bowen missed the grade at the Asian Tour Qualifying School in January but made amends when he won his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) event at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Classic last week.

With new found confidence, the American plans to continue his winning run at the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) ADT event staged at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club from March 6 to 9.

“This is my first professional win since I turned pro in 2008. It’s definitely a great confidence builder and it made up for my disappointment of missing out on my Asian Tour card at Qualifying School,” said Bowen, who currently leads the ADT Order of Merit.

“I have a chance of playing my way into the Asian Tour again and I’m looking forward to more wins on the ADT,” he added.

There will be much to play for in the new 2013 ADT season as it will offer Official World Golf Ranking points for the first time since its inauguration in 2010.  The top-three players on the Order of Merit at the end of the season will also earn Asian Tour cards for 2014.

Brian Locke of the United States and Ryan Bulloch of Australia, both ADT winners, are also in the field next week along with hopefuls George Gandranata of Indonesia, Timothy Tang of Hong Kong and Koh Dengshan of Singapore.

S. Siva Chandhran, winner of the inaugural ADT Order of Merit, Shaaban Hussin, Jeremiah Kim and Wilson Choo are expected to lead the Malaysian charge.

The Official World Golf Ranking will be used to determine the field when golf makes a return to the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.

All 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.


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 Nationwide 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. The ADT will also receive Official World Golf Ranking points from 2013.