Thailand’s rising star Pavit Tangkamolprasert will be aiming for his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) win when he makes his first appearance at the PGM Vascory Templer Park Championship next week.
The 25-year-old Thai, currently in second place on the Order of Merit after enjoying three top-three finishes in five starts, will be amongst an international cast of talents from over 16 countries vying for honours at the Templer Park Country Club from June 11 to 14 (Wednesday to Saturday).
He will be joined by past ADT champions Masaru Takahashi and Mitsuhiko Hashizume of Japan, Englishmen Grant Jackson and Peter Richardson as well as 2012 Order of Merit champion Jay Bayron of the Philippines at the RM250,000 (approximately US$80,000) ADT event.
Reigning Order of Merit winner and defending champion Nicholas Fung will spearhead the local charge alongside Danny Chia and Iain Steel, who have each secured two wins on the burgeoning Tour, which is a gateway to the premier Asian Tour.
Since joining the play-for-pay ranks in 2007, Pavit has won four professional titles on his domestic circuit. His first win abroad came in January this year when he won the 2013 season-ending Linc Group Jakarta Invitational.
Despite falling short of winning his second ADT title after knocking on the door for several times this season, Pavit is confident that his recent performances will bode well for the future.
“My current game is good and I’m very happy with my recent results. I know it will be a matter of time before I start to win again,” said Pavit.
After missing out on an Asian Tour card at Qualifying School, Pavit is determined to finish in top five on the final ADT Order of Merit this season to secure his Asian Tour playing rights for 2015.
“My main priority for this year is to play well on the ADT and get my Asian Tour card for next year. My first ADT title earlier this year has given me a lot of confidence in my game. I struggled a little bit with my mental game a few months after that win but I managed to find back my good form over the last few weeks which was good,” added Pavit.
The ADT returns to Malaysia next week for the PGM Vascory Templer Park Championship, which is the eighth leg of the 2014 season, after a two-week swing in the Philippines.
The ADT, which was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012 and a record 16 in the 2013 season, has established itself as a gateway to the Asian Tour.