Pattaya, Thailand, December 3: A power-packed line-up of Asian Development Tour (ADT) stars, consisting of 28 champions, will gather at the Siam Country Club’s Waterside course for the third edition of the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation next week.
They will battle against a star-studded field headlined by Thailand’s number one Kiradech Aphibarnrat, American Daniel Im, defending champion Chapchai Nirat of Thailand and local legend Boonchu Ruangkit in the ฿4 million (approximately US$120,000) event.
With the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation being the penultimate event of the 2017 ADT season, players will have everything to play for as they continue their chase for the Order of Merit crown, as well as the five Asian Tour cards on offer for the 2018 season.
The leading 10 players on the ADT money list, spearheaded by Pannakorn Uthaipas of Thailand, will feature in the tournament hosted by Thai star Thongchai Jaidee, a record three-time Order of Merit champion on the premier Asian Tour, from December 7 to 10.
Local prospect Panuwat Muenlek, who claimed his fourth ADT victory in Malaysia to move into sixth position on the ADT Order of Merit last week, is determined to put up a strong performance to break into top-five and secure his Asian Tour card for the 2018 season.
The 32-year-old Panuwat had agonisingly missed out on the fifth and last Asian Tour card by one rung on the money list after capping a solid season highlighted by two victories and five top-10s last year.
“Winning last week in Malaysia was a confidence booster. The game has been feeling good and I was hoping to win on the ADT this year. I managed to do it last week so the main goal now is definitely to try and get my Asian Tour card for next year,” said the father of one.
The Thongchai Jaidee Foundation welcomed Kiradech as its first winner in its inaugural edition in 2015 while Chapchai, a four-time Asian Tour winner, overcame a four-shot deficit to claim a sensational six-shot victory last year.
Other notable players in the field include Asian Tour winners, Prom Meesawat, Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Panuphol Pittayarat and Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand, as well as England’s Steve Lewton and Australian Marcus Both.
The leading five players on the final ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the region’s premier Tour 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.