ADT hopefuls aims for Merit boost

Sat 23 Aug 2014

ADT hopefuls aims for Merit boost

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Manila, August 23: The region’s aspiring professionals will have another shot at boosting their Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit rankings when they tee off in the fourth edition of the Aboitiz Invitational next week.
The US$100,000 ADT event, which was won previously by local heroes Elmer Salvador and 2012 ADT Order of Merit champion Jay Bayron, will be the ADT’s third stop in the Philippines this season.
The event, which received more than 50% increase in prize fund from US$65,000 which was offered in the last three editions, will be staged at the Riviera Golf and Country Club’s Couples Course for the first time from August 27-30.
Defending champion Salvador, who claimed his third ADT victory at the Riviera Golf and Country Club’s Langer course earlier in May, will spearhead the local charge alongside three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que, young talent Miguel Tabuena and Antonio Lascuna.
ADT winners Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, American Brett Munson, Niall Turner of Ireland and England’s Grant Jackson will also be among the promising cast chasing for honours in the 14th leg on the ADT this year.
Salvador will be looking to win the Aboitiz Invitational for a record third time when he steps up to the tee next week.
“I will go out there and do my best to win the tournament again,” said the 44-year-old Filipino, who played his way into the record books by becoming the first player to successfully defend a title on the ADT at the Aboitiz Invitational last year.
Pavit, who was propelled to second on the ADT Order of Merit after claiming his second victory last week, is determined to put up another good performance which will cement his position inside the top-five on the Merit list.
“It is still long way to go and anybody can finish inside the top-five.  I played on the Asian Tour before. It is tough but I still hope to play on the main Tour again next year. I will try my best to finish inside top-five on the ADT merit rankings at the end of this season,” said the 25-year-old Pavit.
This season, the burgeoning ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season. Previously, only the top-three players were offered Asian Tour cards.
The battle for 2015 Asian Tour cards is set to intensify with ADT sensation Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei sitting comfortably at the top of the merit rankings and seven events left to play on the ADT before the season ends.
Chan was earlier rewarded with playing rights for the remaining 2014 season on the Asian Tour when he secured his third ADT victory of the year at the Taifong Open last month. He leads the current merit rankings with a season’s haul of US$66,991. Pavit trails by more than US$36,500 in second place.
The ADT was launched with five tournaments in 2010 before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012, 16 in 2013 and a record 20 tournaments in the 2014 season.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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, and land development. 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.