The Top Three ADT Graduates

Wed 28 Nov 2012

The Top Three ADT Graduates

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Kuala Lumpur, November 28: Jay Bayron, Hsu Mong-nan and Peter Richardson savoured the fruits of their labour after emerging as the top three players on the Order of Merit of the recently concluded Asian Development Tour (ADT).


With three Asian Tour cards on the line, the trio grabbed playing rights for the 2013 Asian Tour season following performances which made them stand out against the rest on the ADT.


Asiantour.com looks back at what the top three players achieved this season.


Jay Bayron

Filipino Bayron, a former caddy-turned-professional, was the toast of the 2012 ADT season as he established himself as the most successful player on the ADT since the fledging Tour’s inauguration in 2010.


He signalled his dominance by winning the 2011 Aboitiz Invitational on home soil but 2012 was more spectacular for Bayron as he won two ADT titles en-route to becoming the first Filipino to win the Order of Merit title with earnings of US$34,309.


It was a thrilling battle to the finishing line and Bayron’s fate at the top of the summit was only decided at the conclusion of the US$120,000 Yeangder ADT in Chinese Taipei last week as the top seven players on the Merit list had mathematical chances of toppling him.


But Bayron withstood the challenges, and also poor weather in the shortened tournament, as he settled for a share of seventh place.


“I felt a lot of pressure going into the week because a lot of guys had a chance to chase me on the Order of Merit. I’m glad I hung on to my position and I’m feeling very confident to play on the Asian Tour next year,” said Bayron.


The 38-year-old credited hard work for his success and hopes to carry the momentum into the 2013 Asian Tour season.


“I feel very confident for next year because I worked very hard to earn my Tour card through the ADT. I’m very happy and I can’t wait to show off my confidence on the Asian Tour,” he added.


Hsu Mong-nang

Hsu, who played in limited Asian Tour events since 1997 through his country exemption category, was delighted to finish second on the Order of Merit courtesy of three runner-up finishes on the ADT.


Though he did not break through into the winner’s circle, he was pleased with his work which earned him playing rights on Asia’s elite circuit in 2013.


“I have played on the Asian Tour for over 10 years. I was always on the country exemption category but now I don’t have to wait on the reserve list and get last minute entries. I’m very happy and I feel I have the skill and experience to play on the Asian Tour,” said the lanky 38-year-old.


He is now setting his sights on winning a title on the Asian Tour and following in the footsteps of proven champions Lin Wen-tang, Chan Yih-shin and Lu Wei-chih.


“The ADT is very important for players such as myself, who doesn’t have an Asian Tour card. I believe I can win a big event on the Asian Tour because I have more confidence now. I’ll play in every event that I can get into,” said Hsu.


Peter Richardson

Richardson has the self-belief that he can excel on the Asian Tour and enjoy the same success as former college mates and Asian Tour winners Shiv Kapur of India and Pariya Junhasavasdikul of Thailand.

 

“This is incredibly important. It is a fantastic experience to come out here and finally get my card. There are many tournaments in many different countries and it is unbelievable that I can achieve the goal of being on the Asian Tour,” said Richardson.


He topped the Order of Merit following his victory at the PGM ADT Masters at A'Famosa in Malaysia in May but had to sit out from two ADT events due to a back injury. Despite the minor setback, the Englishman is elated with the rewards offered by the ADT.


“It is a fantastic experience for us. We’ve played in many different courses and the field is challenging. More importantly, the reward is satisfying,” added Richardson.


Note: From 2013 onwards, the Asian Development Tour will receive Official World Golf Ranking points which is a tremendous boost for the game in Asia. Entry into the ADT is only via through the Asian Tour Qualifying School which will take place in Hua Hin, Thailand in January, 2013. Please click on the Qualifying School button on www.asiantour.com for more information and the Entry Form.