ADT: Bayron takes charge #AboitizInvitational

Wed 03 Aug 2016

ADT: Bayron takes charge #AboitizInvitational

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Manila, August 3: 2012 Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit champion Jay Bayron of the Philippines opened with a superb five-under-par 67 to lead by two shots at the US$100,000 Aboitiz Invitational on Wednesday.
Bayron, who won a total of three ADT titles including the inaugural Aboitiz Invitational in 2011, fired seven birdies against two bogeys to put himself on top of the leaderboard at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club’s East course which has proven to be a true test of golf with only nine players breaking par in the opening round.
“My short game was very good. I like this course a lot. It suits my game. I have got some good finishes here before so I feel really comfortable out there. My best birdie was on the 16 where I putted in from about nine yards!” said the 37-year-old Filipino, who has notched five top-10s on the ADT so far this season.
marvin dumandan in hole 1
Filipino Marvin Dumandan and Nicolas Paez of the United States shared second place on matching 69s while Singapore’s Johnson Poh, American Blake Snyder, local duo Jobim Carlos and Arnold Villacencio are a further shot back in fourth place.
The 36-year-old Dumandan, who has won six times on the domestic circuit but not on the ADT, said: “I am lucky today. I missed only two fairways. My driving was good. I just try to avoid missing the greens out there. I will stick to my game plan and be patient.”
Paez, playing in his first year in Asia, was also ecstatic with a 69. “I bogeyed the first but I managed to hit fairways and greens after that. When I didn’t have a chance on the greens, I relied on my short game. My game plan worked,” said the 27-year-old American, who traded five birdies against two bogeys.
“Playing on the ADT is good for my game because it helps me get accustomed to the climate here in Asia. It is also a good practice for me. I will try not to think too much about leading. Hopefully my score will stand. I will try and play with no expectations,” added Paez.
The ADT will reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2017.
Like all other ADT events, the Aboitiz Invitational will offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points to the top six players and ties based on a sliding scale.
nicolas paez after missing a berdie putt in hole 7
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Ends.
Leading first round scores:
67 - Jay BAYRON (PHI)
69 - Marvin DUMANDAN (PHI) , Nicolas PAEZ (USA)
70 - Jobim CARLOS (PHI) , Johnson POH (SIN) , Arnold VILLACENCIO (PHI) , Blake SNYDER (USA)
71 - Zanie Boy GIALON (PHI) , Jonathan WOO (SIN)
72 - Peter STOJANOVSKI (AUS) , Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) , Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) , Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) , Pijit PETCHKASEM (THA) , Elmer SALVADOR (PHI) , Mitchell SLORACH (SIN) , Micah Lauren SHIN (USA) , George GANDRANATA (INA) , Kevin TECHAKANOKBOON (THA) , Poom SAKSANSIN (THA)
73 - Gen NAGAI (A) (JPN) , Clyde MONDILLA (PHI) , Justin QUIBAN (PHI) , Tirawat KAEWSIRIBANDIT (THA) , Rene MENOR (PHI) , David GLEESON (AUS) , Ian ANDREW (INA)
About Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.
Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) is the publicly listed holding and investment company of the Aboitiz Group with major investments in power, banking, food, land and infrastructure. AEV is recognized as one of the best-managed companies in the Philippines and in the region, and is acknowledged for its good corporate governance.
About Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc. and the Philippine Golf Tour
Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc., a sports management and promotions company, is the official organizer of the Philippine Golf Tour.  Established in 2009, PGTI seeks to advance the cause of professional golf in the Philippines.  PGTI supports the Filipino golfer through exposure in local, regional and international golf tournaments.  PGTI organizes tournaments held in the country’s top golf courses, enabling golfers to hone their skills, compete with fellow professionals, and earn from the sport. To date, the PGT is the largest local golfing circuit in Southeast Asia.
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.