Hung ready for ADT Chang Hwa Open

Fri 18 Oct 2013

Hung ready for ADT Chang Hwa Open

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Kuala Lumpur, October 18: The Asian Development Tour (ADT) rising stars and the local talents will challenge for honours at the 14th ADT Chang Hwa Open in Chinese Taipei from October 31 to November 3.
The 14th ADT Chang Hwa Open, which was previously staged on the local circuit, will join the fledging ADT Tour this season. The US$100,000 ADT event will be held at the Chang Hwa Golf Club.
Highly rated Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei, who earned his Asian Tour card at Qualifying School in Thailand earlier this year, will be among 126 players vying for honours.
The talented Hung had previously won the 13th edition of the Chang Hwa Open in 2011 as an amateur and he will be aiming for a successful title defence. The Chang Hwa Open was not staged in 2012.
“I’m looking forward to the 14th ADT Chang Hwa Open. I still remember the winning feel when I won the event two years ago. I won two local events earlier in August and I am hoping to win another one again,” said the Asian Tour rookie, who secured two top-10s on the Asian Tour this season.
Lin Wen-hong, Hsieh Chih-hsien, Chiang Chen-chih and Chan Shih-chang, who won his first ADT title last month, will also feature in the 14th leg on the ADT schedule this season.
Other prominent local names in the field include Yeh Wei-tze, winner of the Malaysian Open in 2000 and last season’s ADT graduate Hsu Mong-nan.
The current top three players on the ADT Order of Merit, James Bowen of the United States as well as Malaysian duo Nicholas Fung and Iain Steel will be part of the international field. Canadian Lindsay Renolds, England’s Grant Jackson and Thailand’s Jakraphan Premsirigorn will also be in the field.
The 14th ADT Chang Hwa Open is the second ADT event to be held in Chinese Taipei this year, following the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship which took place in August.
With the ADT approaching the end of this season, players will have everything to play for as they vie for chances to boost their rankings on the Order of Merit. The top three players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will secure playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2014.
All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points starting this year. 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.
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.
A total of 15 tournaments have been confirmed this season, which is a record for the ADT since its inauguration in 2010.
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 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.