ADT: Salvador returns to winning ways

Sat 31 May 2014

ADT: Salvador returns to winning ways

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Manila, May 31: Philippines’ Elmer Salvador showed his liking for winning on home soil when he cruised to a five-shot victory with a closing three-under-par 68 at the inaugural US$60,000 ICTSI Riviera Classic on Saturday.
The Filipino veteran’s winning total of 11-under-par 273 was his third victory on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and also his third triumph on home soil at the burgeoning circuit which was established as the gateway to the premier Asian Tour in 2010.
Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert missed out on his second ADT win as he could only sign off with a 72 and had to share second place with England’s Peter Richardson who posted a 67 for a 278 total at the Riviera Golf and Country Club
Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena took fourth place on 279 while compatriot Robert Pactolerin, who had earlier taken a share of the second round lead, carded a 74 to take fifth place.
Salvador played his way into the record books by becoming the first player to successfully defend his ADT title on home soil in Cebu last year.
With his third ADT victory at the ICTSI Riviera Classic, the 44-year-old now holds the most number of ADT titles together with compatriot Jay Bayron and Chinese Taipei’s Chang Shih-chang.
“I’m very happy today. I played with great confidence and it helped that I got my friends and family here to support me. That really inspired me to do well. I kept my focus and it showed with my win here,” said Salvador.
With his victory, the 44-year-old is hoping to notch his first win on the region’s premier Tour having come close to victory in 2011 and 2012 but lost on both occasions in a play-off.
“I’ll be heading to Samui for the Queen’s Cup next week and hopefully I can continue to do well in an Asian Tour event and get a victory there,” said the Filipino.
Despite falling short of winning his second ADT title, Pavit is delighted with his performance at the ICTSI Riviera Classic as it has given him a timely confidence boost for the season ahead.
The Thai won his first ADT title in Jakarta earlier this year.  He finished tied-third in Malaysia last week and with a runner-up finish this week, Pavit knows his recent performances bode well for the future.
“I’m not disappointed. Elmer played really well today and it was hard to catch him on a day where he was in top form. As for my own game and form, I’m happy with my recent results and I know it will be a matter of time before I start winning again,” said Pavit.
The ICTSI Riviera Classic was part of a two-week Philippine swing on the ADT schedule. ICTSI will title sponsor the next event, ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship which will offer a prize fund of US$60,000 again.
The ADT, which was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012 and a record 16 in the 2013 season, has established itself as a gateway to the Asian Tour.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading fourth round scores
273- Elmer SALVADOR (PHI) 69-70-66-68
278- Peter RICHARDSON (ENG) 71-68-72-67, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 72-67-67-72
279- Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 71-68-71-69
280- Robert PACTOLERIN (PHI) 69-69-68
281- Pijit PETCHKASEM (THA) 72-70-66-74-73, Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) 70-67-72-72
Ends.
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.