Fung aims to inspire as he tops ADT Order of Merit

Mon 01 Jul 2013

Fung aims to inspire as he tops ADT Order of Merit

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Kuala Lumpur, July 1: Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung hopes his breakthrough on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) will inspire his fellow countrymen to follow his footsteps and use the ADT as a stepping stone to the Asian Tour.
Fung, who won the PGM UMW Templer Park Masters over the weekend, took home a winner’s prize purse of US$11,010 and propelled to the top of the ADT Order of Merit where he leads with a total earnings of US$23,471.
“I want to be an example to other Malaysians. I hope more Malaysians will play on the Asian Tour. If I can do it, so can the other players,” smiled the 23-year-old who is the second Malaysian after Danny Chia to triumph on the ADT this season.
Fung is delighted that his win has served as a timely confidence boost and is now setting his sights on winning on the Asian Tour, which is celebrating its 10th season this year.
“I’m getting better because I can win on the ADT. Now, I’m looking forward to win on the Asian Tour. There are many international players here so it isn’t easy to win. I tried really hard,” said Fung, who earned his Asian Tour card at Qualifying School in Thailand earlier this year.
James Bowen of the United States and Grant Jackson of England are currently ranked second and third, respectively on the ADT Order of Merit.
Together with Fung, the trio will aim to secure their second ADT title at the upcoming US$65,000 Aboitiz Invitational which is slated to take place in Philippines later this month.
The top three players on the Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn Asian Tour cards for the following year.
With all ADT events receiving Official World Golf rankings (OWGR) points starting this year, players will enjoy more opportunities to improve their world rankings.
The OWGR will be also be used to determine the top 60-man field at the World Cup of Golf in Australia this November and the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
The ADT was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011 and 13 last year. It has proven to be a successful platform for upcoming players to gain entry into the region’s premier Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season in 2013.
Created along the lines of the European Challenge Tour and Web.com Tour in the United States, the ADT will reward the top-three players on the final Order of Merit with Asian Tour cards for the following year.
Asian Development Tour Order of Merit – Top-20
Pos      Player Earnings                                      (US$) 







































































































1Nicholas FUNG (MAS)23,471.60
2James BOWEN (USA)18,790.27
3Grant JACKSON (ENG)18,004.73
4Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN)17,444.38
5Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN)16,900.58
6James BYRNE (SCO)14,138.09
7Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE)9,394.47
8Wolmer MURILLO (VEN)9,048.11
9Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN   (THA)9,040.65
10Wasin SRIPATTRANUSORN (THA)8,922.21
11Quincy QUEK (SIN)8,128.95
12R. Nachimuthu (MAS)7,188.47
13Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT   (THA)5,825.85
14LAM Chih Bing (SIN)5,460.89
15Nils FLOREN (SWE)5,392.81
16Ratchapol JANTAVARA (THA)5,380.47
17Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS)5,204.96
18Darren TAN (AUS)4,489.24
19George GANDRANATA (INA)3,525.51
20Michael TRAN (VIE)3,523.12

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.