Chonburi, Thailand, June 27: A power-packed line-up of stars, consisting of 12 Asian Tour champions and nearly 30 Asian Development Tour (ADT) winners, will feature in the inaugural Betagro All Thailand Championship which gets underway on Thursday.
Newly-crowned ADT champion Pannakorn Uthaipas of Thailand, who claimed his breakthrough in Chinese Taipei on Sunday, will headline the elite field alongside many of the region’s upcoming stars at the Laem Chabang International Country Club in Chonburi.
American duo Brett Munson, Australian Martin Dive, Arie Irawan of Malaysia and South African Mathiam Keyser, all winners on the region’s secondary circuit, will make up a truly cosmopolitan field of players from 17 different countries in the Thai showpiece.
Nine players featuring in the current top-10 on the Order of Merit, including Thai trio Gunn Charoenkul, Jakraphan Premsirigorn and Panuwat Muenlek, will also tee up in the three million baht (approximately US$87,209) ADT event from June 29 to July 2.
2014 ADT Order of Merit champion Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Rattanon Wannasrichan, Prom Meesawat, Jazz Janewattananond, Danthai Boonma and veteran Thaworn Wiratchant, all proven winners on the premier Asian Tour, will spearhead the strong Thai contingent in what is the ADT’s second stop in Thailand this season.
Panuwat will capitalise on his home ground advantage as he aims to put on a strong showing to enhance his chances of breaking into top-five on the money list and earn for himself an Asian Tour card for the next season.
“I missed out by one spot for the Asian Tour card last year. I am in a good position again now so I will try my best to finish inside top-five on the final Order of Merit. The game’s been feeling good. I just need to put four good rounds together,” said the 32-year-old Panuwat, placed eighth on the latest Order of Merit.
“We are at a very nice course here this week. The fairways are wide and the greens are good. However, it can be very challenging when the wind picks up. I have enjoyed playing on this course so I am very much looking forward to this week. It’s great to see new ADT events in Thailand. It’s an advantage for me,” added the father of one.
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.
The Betagro All Thailand Championship will be jointly sanctioned by the All Thailand Golf Tour and the ADT. A total of 132 players will feature in the event, with 12 invites and the remaining field shared equally between both Tours.
All ADT events are afforded with Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) status. The winner of each tournament receives a minimum of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.
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.