Feb. 3-6: Grameenphone Bangladesh Masters, Kurmitola Golf Club, Dhaka, US$75,000
April 28-May 1: Clearwater Classic, Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort, Perak, Malaysia, US$70,000
May 25-28: Transcend Championship, Course TBA, Chinese Taipei, US$130,000
Nov. 3-6: Bali Open, New Kuta Golf Resort, Bali, US$60,000
Dates TBA: Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship, North Bay Golf and Country Club, Taipei, US$90,000
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The Asian Development Tour kicks off its sophomore year at the Grameenphone Bangladesh Masters, Feb. 3-6, but officials are still striving to expand its five-tournament schedule.
Structured much like the U.S. Nationwide Tour that graduates its top money earners to the PGA Tour, the ADT, which is organized by the Asian Tour, rewarded three players in 2010 with Asian Tour cards.
Malaysian S. Siva Chandhran topped the Order of Merit and earned a tour card, along with Hsu Chia-jen and Akhmal Tarmizee, who finished second and third, respectively.
The ADT released its provisional 2011 schedule, and announced several other events are in the pipeline.
The Clearwater Classic in Perak, Malaysia, April 28-May 1, follows the Bangladesh Masters. Taiwan will host a new event, the Transcend Championship, May 25-28. Also, the Bali Open, Nov. 3-6, and Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship, date to be announced, make their return this year.
Discussions are on-going with other event promoters and sponsors for tournaments that may be add to the schedule.
The leading three players in 2011 will also earn Asian Tour cards.