ADT: Local hopefuls aim to retain title at Aboitiz Invitational

Tue 05 Aug 2014

ADT: Local hopefuls aim to retain title at Aboitiz Invitational

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Manila, August 5: Local hopefuls will be determined to retain the trophy on home soil when the highly-rated Aboitiz Invitational returns to the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Schedule for its fourth edition at the end of this month.
The Aboitiz Invitational, won previously by local heroes Elmer Salvador and 2012 ADT Order of Merit Champion, Jay Bayron, will be held at the Riviera Golf and Country Club’s Couples Course for the first time from August 27 to 30.
This year, it will offer an increased prize fund of US$100,000, which is over a 50% increase from US$65,000 offered in the last three editions.
Three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que and Antonio Lascuna will spearhead the home charge alongside Salvador, Bayron and young talent Miguel Tabuena at the Aboitiz Invitational, which is the ADT’s third stop in the Philippines this season.
Salvador, who claimed his third ADT victory at the Riviera Golf and Country Club’s Langer course in May, had 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.
Lascuna has enjoyed a great season on the Asian Tour so far where he is currently eighth on the Order of Merit thanks to two top-10 finishes. He has also claimed three victories on his domestic circuit this year and is looking to spill over his good form onto the ADT when he takes up the challenge this month.
“It has been a great season for me so far. I’m very pleased with how I have been performing. It’s not easy playing with the younger players out there. You need to keep up with your fitness to compete with them. Hopefully I can bank on my experience to secure my first win on the ADT at the Aboitiz Invitational,” said Lascuna.
Que, who finished second last year, is hoping to capitalise on home support and turn around a lackluster season so far. He has finished outside the top-20 on both the ADT and the premier Asian Tour since the start of the season.
“It’s always great to play on home soil where you have your friends and family coming out to support you. You feel motivated to do well. It’s good to see the Aboitiz Invitational returning to the ADT. I’m sure it will be a great week and I am looking forward to it,” said Que.
Colo Ventosa, General Manager of PGTI Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc also hailed the return of the Aboitiz Invitational onto the ADT Schedule.  PGTI is the official organizer of the Philippine Golf Tour (PGT), and has supported the return of the Aboitiz Invitational onto the ADT Schedule.
“We are glad to be able to provide a stage once again for the top and budding golfers in the Philippines to compete against the international players on the ADT. We are confident that the tournament will continue to grow in years to come and we look forward to another successful staging of the Aboitiz Invitational,” said Colo.
Irfan Hamid, Asian Tour’s Associate Director of Business Development, lauded Aboitiz’s decision to raise the tournament’s prize money by US$35,000 to US$100,000 as he believes the increased prize purse will further elevate its stature in Asia.
“The Aboitiz Invitational is one of the most highly anticipated tournaments on the ADT and on behalf of our talented players, I would like to express our fullest appreciation to Aboitiz  and PGT for their continued support of professional golf in Asia,” said Hamid.
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.
This season, the 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.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Photo caption: (From left) Antonio Lascuna, Professional Golfer, Engr. Philip P. Ruiz, Division Head, Golf Course Maintenance and Superintendent, Riviera Golf and Country Club, Irfan Hamid, Associate Director of Business Development, Asian Development Tour, Ernest O. Villareal, Senior Vice President, AEV, Colo Ventosa, General Manager, PGTI, Angelo Que, Professional Golfer
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.