ADT heads to Pakistan in November

Lahore, Pakistan, September 25: The Defence Raya Golf Championship is set to make its debut at Defence Raya Golf and Country Club in Pakistan from November 2 to 5 in Lahore.

With a prize fund of US$120,000, the Defence Raya Golf Championship will be breaking new grounds as it will be the first event to be sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in Pakistan.

Set in the cosmopolitan city of Lahore, the prestigious golf course is situated in Phase VI of DHA Lahore and is one of the best USGA standard 18-hole golf courses in Pakistan.

A field size of 120 golfers will tee up at the Defence Raya Golf Championship, which will be made up of 50 Asian Development Tour players, five Asian Development Tour invites, 50 local spots, five sponsored invites and 10 amateurs

Cho Minn Thant, Chief Operating Officer of Asian Tour, said: “We are delighted to announce the Defence Raya Golf Championship will be making its debut on the ADT. The event also marks the Tour’s return to Pakistan after more than a decade as the Asian Tour last sanctioned the Pakistan Open in 2007.

The inaugural event on the ADT will present players with more playing opportunities as they chase for their Asian Tour cards and world ranking points before the season reaches its climax at the end of the year.

Lieutenant General (Retired) Muhammad Zahir ul Islam, President of the Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) said: “We are equally pleased to partner with the Asian Development Tour in this event and host some of the best players on the Asian Development Tour.

We pride ourselves on being an internationally-renowned golf course with world-class hospitality and charm. The township is spread over 400 acres of beautifully landscaped views and is designed to be every golfer’s dream.”

The Defence Raya Golf Championship is the 16th event on the ADT schedule this year and like all other ADT events, offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.

The winner will receive six OWGR points while the top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.

The top-five finishers on the final Order of Merit will secure their Asian Tour cards for 2017.

For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com

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 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.