China's Ye hopes to lift his game at the ADT Lada Langkawi Championship

Sun 20 Apr 2014

China's Ye hopes to lift his game at the ADT Lada Langkawi Championship

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Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, April 20: Promising talent Ye Jian-feng of China will contend for the PGM Lada Langkawi Championship title against the best players on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) at the Gunung Raya Golf Resort on Monday.
Ye will be among an international mix of players from over 13 countries, including past champions Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei as well as defending champion Mitsuhiko Hashizume of Japan, in the RM250,000 (approximately US$80,000) ADT event.
Ye, who holds the distinction of being the youngest player at the age of 13 years and 20 days to play on the Asian Tour, hopes to do well on the ADT after missing out on an Asian Tour card by a slim margin at the Qualifying School in Thailand earlier this year.
“My aim is always to play well, be it on the Asian Tour or the ADT. This season is not going to be easy as I did not manage to get my Tour card but I’m prepared for the challenges ahead,” said the 22-year-old Ye.
“The ADT is a good platform for me to hone my game and it allows me to gain more experience. My main focus for this year is to excel on the ADT. I will have to try and get into top-five on the final Order of Merit to earn my Asian Tour card for next year,” he added.
Ye will be joined by compatriot Shang Zhi at the PGM Lada Langkawi Championship, which is the third event on the 2014 ADT schedule.
Singapore's Koh Deng Shan and Lam Zhiqun, who enjoyed solid amateur careers, will also feature in the ADT event alongside local heroes, Airil Rizman, Shaaban Hussin and S. Siva Chandhran, who was the first ADT Order of Merit winner when the fledging Tour was inaugurated in 2010.
The winner of the PGM Lada Langkawi Championship will take home a prize purse of US$13,500 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking points. The top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.
This season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit at the end of the season with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season.
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 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 established itself as a successful platform for upcoming players to gain entry on the region’s premier Tour.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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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.