Get to know your ADT graduate: Chan

Tue 09 Dec 2014

Get to know your ADT graduate: Chan

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Singapore, December 9: Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang savored his career best season in 2014 following successful exploits on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) which saw him become the highest ranked player in his country on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).
The 28-year-old Chan, who turned professional in 2008, was the first player to win three ADT events in a single season. He earned playing rights for the remainder of the 2014 Asian Tour season after claiming his fourth ADT title on home soil in July at the Taifong Open, which is the richest event on the ADT this season.
Despite dominating the Merit rankings for most of the season, Chan was unable to hold on to the top spot as he was overtaken by Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, who matched his records late in the season.
Pavit won the Order of Merit by a mere US$252 over Chan, who settled for second place with a season’s haul of US$68,723 courtesy of three victories and three top-10s.
Chan was, however, thankful that he had the opportunity to ply his trade on the ADT, which was inaugurated as gateway to the Asian Tour in 2010.
“The ADT gives us a good platform to advance our careers, especially with the world ranking points on offer. I just want to keep playing in tournaments so that I gain experience and hone my skills. That’s why I chose to play on the ADT,” said Chan.
Having jumped 239 rungs to his current position of 242nd on the OWGR, Chan hopes to maintain as the highest-ranked player from Chinese Taipei so as to qualify for the Olympics in 2016.
“My next aim is to win on the Asian Tour. I broke into world’s top-200 after winning the Taifong Open in July. It is my first time getting into top-200 and it feels great.
“Hopefully I can continue to stay in my current position as the leading player from Chinese Taipei so that I qualify for the Olympics in 2016. It would be an honour if I can represent Chinese Taipei in the Olympics,” added Chan.
While he agonizingly missed out on the ADT Order of Merit crown, Chan proved his worth by topping the Merit rankings in his domestic circuit following three other victories on home soil this season.
Look out for Chan as he will feature in this week’s US$1million Thailand Golf Championship on the Asian Tour.
Since its inauguration in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to 21 tournaments in 2014. The ADT has announced a provisional 2015 schedule of a minimum 17 tournaments with several more to be announced in due course.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
About CHAN Shih-chang
Country:                      Chinese Taipei
Date of Birth:              7 June, 1986
Residence:                   Hsinchu
Turned Pro:                 2008
Family:                         Single
ASIAN DEVELOPMENT TOUR WINS: (4) 2013 PGM UMW Sabah Classic, 2014 PGM Lada Langkawi Championship, 2014 PGM Johor Championship, 2014 Taifong Open
PROFESSIONAL WINS: (6) 2010 Taifong Open, Chinese Taipei, 2011 Camry Invitational, China, 2012 Kaohsiung Open, Chinese Taipei, 2014 Meridigen Technology Cup, Chinese Taipei, 2014 TPGA Championship, Chinese Taipei, 2014 Ashou Cup, Chinese Taipei
AMATEUR WIN: (1) 2004 Hong Kong Amateur Open.