Joshua Grenville-Wood (The Els Club, Dubai), a member of both Mena and Asian Development Tours (ADT), says the new strategic alliance is nothing short of “fantastic”.
If you feel a strong excitement from the players before the Beautiful Thailand Swing (BTS), wait to talk with David Spencer. The Mena Tour Commissioner is adamant that the start of the Mena Tour’s co-sanction agreement with the ADT – with all the incentives associated with the Asian Tour – is arguably the most significant development in the Mena Tour’s 11-year history. circuit.
It’s not public relations hyperbole either, not with significant changes to the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) on the horizon – and worryingly so for smaller developmental tours.
“OWGR is starting its new system in August and it will change OWGR development tours forever,” Spencer said on the eve of the Laguna Phuket Challenge, the first of four BTS events offering a combined prize of $300,000. and, most importantly, an improved OWGR. situation over the next three weeks.
“Under the new system, players will very quickly gravitate towards the Development Tours which provide a clear path to the mainline tours and expanded play opportunities for their members.
“That’s why we’re extremely excited about the inaugural Beautiful Thailand Swing, as this is our first series of co-sanctioned events with the Asian Tour. I think the alliance between the Asian Tour and the Mena Tour marks the first step in something that will be great for players around the world.
Comprising the Laguna Phuket Challenge (May 3-5), Laguna Phuket Cup (May 8-10), Blue Canyon Classic (May 13-15) and Blue Canyon Open (May 18-20), BTS is the first tangible result of the Asian-Mena Tour strategic alliance, which was written at the end of 2021 with great ambitions.
He will decide the now renamed “2020+ Journey to Jordan” Order of Merit race in what is the first action on the Mena Tour in more than two years after it was forced to a halt by the pandemic. The top 10 players on the final J2J leaderboard will receive invites to the next two ADT events, byes to the final leg of the Q-School Asian Tour 2023 and, for the champion, a start in one of the new 1.5 million dollars from the Asian Tour. plus International Series events.
A full merger of the ADT and MENA Tour is planned for 2023.
Spencer said, “Our combined vision is to become the best development tour outside of the United States. The Beautiful Thailand Swing will act as the first building block to make this vision a reality.