Nakhon Ratchasima (Thailand), Nov 30 (IANS) The curtains for the 2015 Asian Development Tour (ADT) golf season will come down at the highly-rated Boonchu Ruangkit Championship here from December 24 to 27.
The final battle for the top-five positions on the ADT Order of Merit will be determined at the three million baht (approximately $91,000) event which will be played once again at the Rancho Chanrvee Golf and Country Resort, located on the outskirts of Bangkok.
The Boonchu Ruangkit Championship will be the 28th tournament on the ADT that was inaugurated as a gateway to the Asian Tour in 2010.
The Boonchu Ruangkit Championship is an initiative launched by Thai veteran Boonchu Ruangkit who hopes to give back to the game by providing playing opportunities to the region’s players through the staging of his own tournament.
The tournament was established in January as a ‘bonus’ event on the 2015 ADT schedule. While it will not be counted as an official event for the 2015 Order of Merit, it has, like all other ADT events, afforded the top six players and ties with Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.
This December, the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship, will return as an official event on the ADT where players’ earnings will be counted on the Order of Merit and the winner will take home a prize purse of $13,217, as well as six OWGR points.
Asian Tour Associate Director Irfan Hamid expressed his gratitude to Boonchu for supporting the ADT and the development of golf in the region.
“On behalf of the ADT, I would like to express our fullest appreciation to Boonchu for his continuous support and for putting up this showpiece event once again on the ADT,” he said in an Asian Tour release.
There will be much to play for in the final event as American Casey O’Toole, Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Chi-hsien, New Zealander Sean Riordan, Australian Jordan Sherratt and Masaru Takahashi of Japan, ranked inside top five on the current Order of Merit, jostle for exclusive playing rights on the 2016 Asian Tour season.