ADT: Locke takes charge at weather disrupted Aboitiz Invitational

Wed 24 Jul 2013

ADT: Locke takes charge at weather disrupted Aboitiz Invitational

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Cebu, Philippines, July 25: Brian Locke of the United States shot a six-under-par 66 to lead the first round of the Aboitiz Invitational which was completed on Thursday morning.
The first round was suspended due to lightning and a total of 18 players had to resume play at 7.00am today.
Locke, who secured his maiden victory on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in Malaysia last year, posted seven birdies against one bogey at the US$65,000 ADT event.
Title holder Elmer Salvador was one shot back with a 67 while Australian Darren Tan and Filipino trio Reymon Jaraula, Mars Pucay and Anthony Fernando took a share of third place after signing for matching 68s at the Cebu Country Club.
Locke was delighted with his effort in what is his first ADT event of the year.
“I haven’t played much this season. I went back home and took a break but I still tried to practise whenever I could. It’s my first time in Cebu and my first time playing on this course. I am happy that I had a solid round although the course was kind of wet due to the rain,” said the 27-year-old Locke.
Home favourite Salvador took advantage of a hot start where he opened with three straight birdies for a bogey-free front nine.
“I started off with three birdies and that kind of boosted my confidence. Although I made a bogey on the 18th, I’m generally happy with how I played,” said Salvador, who is aiming to become the first player to successfully defend his title on the ADT, which is the feeder circuit to the premier Asian Tour.
“My form is good and I’m doing well so far. I hope I can maintain my form and play consistently over the next few rounds. Hopefully I can produce some good results this week,” added the Filipino.
Tan, who enjoyed a third place finish at last week’s inaugural Jakarta Classic, was in buoyant mood as he battled into contention for his maiden ADT win at the Aboitiz Invitational.
“Finishing third in Jakarta has really boosted my confidence. I feel great coming to Cebu and I’m happy with my current form. Of course I would love to win but I guess the most important thing now is to stay focused and play well for the remaining rounds ahead,” said Tan.
“It’s great that we can now earn world ranking points from ADT events. The Asian Tour is where I want to play eventually and I hope my performances throughout the season can get me there,” added the Australian.
Last week’s winner James Bowen of the United States, who is also leading the Order of Merit, opened his campaign with a disappointing 77 while reigning Merit champion Jay Bayron of the Philippines fired a 69 to lie three off the lead.
Created along the lines of the European Challenge Tour and Web.com Tour in the United States, the ADT will reward the top-three players on the final Order of Merit with Asian Tour cards for the following year.
All ADT events also receive Official World Golf Ranking points, which will be used to determine the field for the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne in November and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The winner of the Aboitiz Invitational will receive a total of six world ranking points while the top six players and ties will earn points based on a sliding scale.
Leading first round scores:
66 – Brian LOCKE (USA)
67 – Elmer SALVADOR (PHI)
68 – Reymon JARAULA (PHI), Mars PUCAY (PHI), Darren TAN (AUS)
69 – L J GO (A) (PHI), Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN), Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE), Rufino BAYRON (PHI), Jay BAYRON (PHI), Guido VAN DER VALK (NED)
70 – Ian KEENAN (ENG), PARK Il-hwan (KOR), Angelo QUE (PHI)
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 three 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.