Sentosa, Singapore, April 28: The Asian Development Tour (ADT) has unveiled two new Thailand events on its schedule for the upcoming months, thanks largely to the outstanding support of long-time partner, the All Thailand Golf Tour.
Rising stars from the ADT will compete against Thailand’s leading golfers at the inaugural Singha Phuket Open from May 25 to 28, 2017. The two million Baht (approximately US$58,140) event will be held at the scenic Laguna Golf Phuket, which has been an Asian Tour host venue in the past.
Subsequently, the Betagro All Thailand Championship will make its debut on the ADT from June 29 to July 2. A prize fund of three million Baht (approximately US$87,209) will be on offer at the Laem Chabang International Country Club in Chon Buri.
The All Thailand Championship is a long-running event on the domestic circuit and Betagro, a leading conglomerate in Thailand’s agro-industry and food business, will take on the mantle as the event’s title sponsor for the first time this season.
Both tournaments will be jointly sanctioned by the ADT and All Thailand Golf Tour.
By featuring on the ADT schedule, the Singha Phuket Open and Betagro All Thailand Championship will receive Official World Golf Ranking status, with the winner of each tournament receiving a minimum six points and the top-six players and ties earning points on a sliding scale.
A total of 132 players will feature in each event, with 12 invites and the remaining field to be equally shared between the All Thailand Golf Tour and ADT.
Jakraphong Thongyai, Commissioner of the All Thailand Golf Tour, said: “We are delighted to solidify our partnership with the ADT by working together in two tournaments, the inaugural Singha Phuket Open in May and Betagro All Thailand Championship in June.
“Since its inauguration, the ADT has established itself as a wonderful platform for rising stars of the game in the region to showcase their talents and launch their careers onto the Asian Tour. It is therefore our hope that the Thai golfers will take full advantage of these playing opportunities to gain experience, earn world ranking points and fast-track their careers with strong performances.
“It is our goal at the All Thailand Golf Tour to assist in the development of professional golf in our nation and we look forward to welcoming a strong line-up of international and regional golfers from the ADT to the two events.”
Josh Burack, CEO of the Asian Tour, expressed his appreciation to the All Thailand Golf Tour, saying the extended collaboration would greatly enhance the careers of young golfers from Thailand and Asia.
The All Thailand Golf Tour and ADT have jointly sanctioned the past three editions of the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship and the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation in 2015 and 2016. Boonchu, who has five wins on the Asian Tour, is highly respected in his country while Thongchai is the only man in the history of the game to win three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles.
“On behalf of the ADT, I would like to thank the All Thailand Golf Tour for their fantastic support and vision in developing professional golf. Over the years, we have witnessed numerous milestones on the ADT which Thai players have been a major part of this exciting growth.
“In the past six years, a total of 29 ADT tournaments have been won by Thai golfers, with Pavit Tangkamolprasert winning a record five events. Pavit was also the first Thai to win the ADT Order of Merit in 2014 and he has since established himself as a leading player on the Asian Tour where he finished 10th on the Order of Merit last season.
“We have been successful in creating a clear career pathway for upcoming ADT players to gain access onto the Asian Tour and I believe our golfers, including the Thais, will make full use of the two tournaments to establish themselves on the ADT,” said Burack.
With the latest additions, the Singha Phuket Open and the Betagro All Thailand Championship will become the fifth and sixth legs on the ADT schedule this season.
As part of the All Thailand Golf Tour’s support towards women’s golf, the two events will feature a ladies’ division where 24 women professionals from the local circuit will compete concurrently with the men over three rounds.
The ADT, which is celebrating its seventh season this year, will continue to reward the top-five finishers on the final Order of Merit with Asian Tour cards for 2018. For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
About 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 five 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.