ADT: Champions galore set for Aboitiz Invitational

Fri 31 Jul 2015

ADT: Champions galore set for Aboitiz Invitational

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Manila, July 31: An impressive cast of Asian Development Tour (ADT) champions will gather for the fifth edition of the Aboitiz Invitational when it gets underway next week.
The top 10 players on the current Order of Merit alongside no fewer than 22 ADT champions will aim to light up the US$100,000 event from August 5 to 8.
Order of Merit leader Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei, Malaysia’s Arie Irawan and Australia’s Jake Stirling, will headline the event which is the ADT’s third stop in the Philippines this year.
Title holder Antonio Lascuna will defend his title and spearhead the local charge alongside three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que and Miguel Tabuena at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Legends course.
Other notable names heading to the Aboitiz Invitational include Janne Kaske of Finaland, Australian Matthew Giles, American Brett Munson and Thai duo Itthipat Buranatanyarat and Nirun Sae-Ueng.
Hsieh, who leads the Order of Merit with a season’s haul of US$39,245, is tipped to shine given his good form so far this season where he secured one victory and five top-10s.
“My aim is to finish inside top 10. That is the target that I set for myself in every ADT event. It’s good to be leading the Merit rankings but I won’t give myself any pressure to win or play exceptionally well. I will play with minimal expectations,” said the 24-year-old Hsieh.
“I finished sixth when I played in the Philippines in April. It’s good to be heading back there again. My game is in a good shape right now and I am looking forward to next week. Hopefully it will be another great week for me as it will draw me closer to securing my Asian Tour card for 2016,” added the two-time ADT winner.
Kaske, who triumphed in Malaysia two months ago, were among 11 first-time winners on the ADT this season. Placed eighth on the current Order of Merit, Kaske will need a solid performance to break into top-five and earn his Asian Tour card for 2016.
“I’m ready for the second half of the season. It is a very important time of the year. It is time to bring your best game and gain some points on the Order of Merit. I like to keep my game sharp as best as I can,” said the 29-year-old Kaske, the first player from Finland to win on the ADT.
Pix © Asian Tour Development / AREP KULALKaske hopes the well-needed rest he enjoyed back home recently will keep him going for the remaining for the season.
“I haven’t been back in Finland for eight months so it was nice to see my family and friends and enjoy summer. They are happy with how I’ve performed. They know I’ve been working so hard for years. They are happy that I’m enjoying the dividends of putting in so much effort in golf,” added Kaske.
Since it was inaugurated in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to a record 21 tournaments in 2014. The ADT has announced a provisional 2015 schedule of a minimum 24 tournaments with several more to be announced in due course.
The ADT will continue to reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2016.
With the Olympic Games looming in 2016 where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, players in the region could earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro by earning Official World Golf Ranking points through the Asian Tour and ADT.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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.