Inaugural Chang Hwa Open makes record on ADT

Mon 29 Jul 2013

Inaugural Chang Hwa Open makes record on ADT

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Taipei, July 29: The Chang Hwa Open 2013 will make its debut on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in October, which raises the season’s schedule to a record total of 14 tournaments.
The US$100,000 event will be held at the highly rated Chang Hwa Golf Club from October 31 to November 3 where rising stars from Chinese Taipei will compete against an international field from the ADT, which is the feeder circuit to the premier Asian Tour.
The new ADT event is poised to attract many of the region’s rising stars as it is another occasion for them to improve on their world rankings and also fight for the top-three places on the Order of Merit which comes with playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2014
All ADT events will receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points starting from this season and the OWGR will be used to determine the top 60-man field at the World Cup of Golf in Australia in November and the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
Chang Hwa Golf Club’s Board Chairman, Tu Tieh-Shiung believes the new tournament will serve as an impetus for Chinese Taipei’s budding golfers to raise their standard of play while competing against players from the ADT.
“We are delighted to announce the launch of the Chang Hwa Open, which we believe will offer a strong platform for local golfers to further excel in the game. It is a pleasure working with the Taiwan PGA as well as the ADT as we are keen to support the development of professional golf. I believe this new tournament can greatly impact our players’ careers as they seek to establish themselves on the ADT, which provides a pathway onto the Asian Tour,” said Tu.
President of the Taiwan PGA, Yeh Chang Ting, who is a former winner on the Asian Tour, also hailed the establishment of Chang Hwa Open on the ADT, which is celebrating its fourth season.
“It is tremendous that players can now earn world ranking points on the ADT. It has become a good platform for upcoming players to gain exposure through regular four-day tournaments against leading players from across the region and internationally. I am confident the tournament will grow in time to come,” said Yeh.
Both the Taiwan PGA and Chang Hwa Golf Club are instrumental in bringing together this new tournament where a total of 126 players will compete.
Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han expressed his gratitude to Chang Hwa Golf Club and Taiwan PGA for their support. He believes professional golf in Chinese Taipei will continue to flourish with the addition of the Chang Hwa Open on the ADT schedule.
“On behalf of our talented players, I would like to welcome on board the Chang Hwa Open onto our ADT schedule. I would like to express our fullest appreciations to Chang Hwa Golf Club and the Taiwan PGA for taking the initiative to launch the Chang Hwa Open, which raises our 2013 Schedule to an all-time high of 14 tournaments,” said Han.
“The ADT has grown from strength to strength since its inauguration in 2010. The opportunity to compete in the Chang Hwa Open will be a good first stepping stone for aspiring golfers from Chinese Taipei who are keen to gain more playing experience,” added Han.
Golf in Chinese Taipei has been on the rise over the past decade with the emergence of great champions such as Lin Wen-tang, Chan Yih-shin, Lu Wen-teh, Wang Ter-chang and Lin Keng-chi.
Highly-rated Chan Shih-chang also created headlines for Chinese Taipei when he finished second at the Jakarta Classic a fortnight ago, which was also his first ADT event of the year.
The Chang Hwa Open will be the 12th leg of the 2013 ADT season. It will also be the second ADT event to be held in Chinese Taipei this year, following the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship which is slated to take place next month.
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.
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.