Lahore, Pakistan, September 25: The Defence Raya Golf Championship is set to make its debut at Defence Raya Golf and Country Club in Pakistan from November 2 to 5 in Lahore.

With a prize fund of US$120,000, the Defence Raya Golf Championship will be breaking new grounds as it will be the first event to be sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in Pakistan.

Set in the cosmopolitan city of Lahore, the prestigious golf course is situated in Phase VI of DHA Lahore and is one of the best USGA standard 18-hole golf courses in Pakistan.

 A field size of 120 golfers will tee up at the Defence Raya Golf Championship, which will be made up of 50 Asian Development Tour players, five Asian Development Tour invites, 50 local spots, five sponsored invites and 10 amateurs

Cho Minn Thant, Chief Operating Officer of Asian Tour, said: “We are delighted to announce the Defence Raya Golf Championship will be making its debut on the ADT. The event also marks the Tour’s return to Pakistan after more than a decade as the Asian Tour last sanctioned the Pakistan Open in 2007.

The inaugural event on the ADT will present players with more playing opportunities as they chase for their Asian Tour cards and world ranking points before the season reaches its climax at the end of the year.

Lieutenant General (Retired) Muhammad Zahir ul Islam, President of the Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) said: “We are equally pleased to partner with the Asian Development Tour in this event and host some of the best players on the Asian Development Tour.

We pride ourselves on being an internationally-renowned golf course with world-class hospitality and charm. The township is spread over 400 acres of beautifully landscaped views and is designed to be every golfer’s dream.”

The Defence Raya Golf Championship is the 16th event on the ADT schedule this year and like all other ADT events, offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.

The winner will receive six OWGR points while the top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.

The top-five finishers on the final Order of Merit will secure their Asian Tour cards for 2017.

For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com

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