Sentosa, Singapore, January 5: The Asian Development Tour (ADT) has announced its 2018 provisional schedule featuring 16 initial tournaments, with more events to be introduced in due course.
The 2018 ADT season will tee off with the season-opening PGM Darulaman Championship and inaugural City Bank American Express Dhaka Open taking place simultaneously in Malaysia and Bangladesh respectively from January 24-27.
The ADT will also feature tournaments in Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Indonesia as well as an exciting stop to Brunei in March where the Brunei Championships will make its debut from March 7-10.
The Taifong Open and Charming Yeangder events are set to unearth more future talents in Chinese Taipei while three new Thailand events including the popular Singha Phuket Open will be jointly sanctioned with the All Thailand Golf Tour in 2018.
The Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament presented by Panasonic and Combiphar Players Championship in Indonesia will also form part of the 2018 ADT Schedule.
With 12 tournaments set to be staged in Malaysia in 2018, these ADT events will form the cornerstone of the 2018 ADT season, thanks largely to the strong partnership between the ADT and the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour.
Cho Minn Thant, Chief Operating Officer of the Asian Tour, said: “We are pleased to announce such an outstanding schedule that will continue to provide a strong platform for our players to advance into our primary circuit. We have seen strong performances from our players since our debut in 2010 and we hope to continue providing playing opportunities for Asia’s rising stars.
“We look forward to our entry into new territories such as Bangladesh and Brunei and we are hopeful of adding more events in other key markets to our ADT schedule
“Our fullest appreciation goes out to the PGM Tour and all our partners in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand and Chinese Taipei for their support and close collaboration.”
The 2017 ADT season welcomed a number of first-time winners into the winning circle.
Among them are Martin Dive of Australia, Chanachok Defpiratanamongkol of Thailand, Pannakorn Uthaipas of Thailand, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit of Thailand, Wang Wei-lun of Chinese Taipei, Nattawat Suvajanakorn of Thailand, Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela, Kasidit Lepkurte of Thailand, Poosit Supramai of Thailand.
Another standout was Gavin Green, who enjoyed a successful season on the ADT by winning thrice, before creating history when he became the first Malaysian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit and the Player’s Player of the Year in 2017.
The top five finishers on the ADT Order of Merit will be awarded with their Asian Tour card.
Three out of the top five finishers in 2017 were first time winners on the ADT. They included Thailand’s Pannakorn Uthaipas, Nattawat Suvajanakorn as well as Chinese Taipei’s Wang Wei-lun.
Asian Development Tour 2018 Schedule (Confirmed dates)
Jan 24-27: PGM Darulaman Championship RM225,000 (Approx. US$55,000) / City Bank American Express Dhaka Open US$60,000
Feb 28 – Mar 3: PGM Perak Championship, RM 225,000 (Approx. US$55,000)
Mar 7-10: Brunei Championships, US$60,000
May 2-5: PGM Penang Championship, RM225,000 (Approx. US$55,000)
May 9-12: PGM CCM Championship, RM225,000 (Approx. US$55,000)
May 10-13: Singha Phuket Open Approx. US$58,000
Jul 25-28: PGM Northport Championship RM225,000 (Approx. US$55,000)
Aug 8-11: PGM Sabah Championship RM225,000 (Approx. US$55,000)
Aug 15-18: PGM Labuan Championship RM225,000 (Approx. US$55,000)
Aug 22-25: Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament presented by Panasonic, US$110,000
Sep 5-8: PGM Miri Championship, RM225,000 (Approx. US$55,000)
Sep 12-15: PGM MNRB Championship, RM225,000 (Approx. US$55,000)
Oct 3-6 : PGM UMW Championship, RM225,000 (Approx. US$55,000)
Oct 17-20: PGM MIDF Championship RM225,000 (Approx. US$55,000)
28 Nov-1 Dec: PGM Global One Championship RM225,000 (Approx. US$55,000)
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.