ADT: Que and Casas among five-way tie

Wed 04 Jun 2014

ADT: Que and Casas among five-way tie

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Manila, June 4: Little known Yutaka Araki, Matthew McBain and R.J. Caracella were in the company of home heroes Angelo Que and Cassius Casas when they shared the opening round lead at the ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship on Wednesday.
Araki of Japan and Australian duo McBain and Caracella fired identical five-under-par 67s to tie with Que and Casas, who has won over 80 titles in the Philippines, in the US$60,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Arnold Villacencio and Clyde Mondilla of the Philippines, Japan’s Masaru Takahashi and Yuki Usami and Clarke Lutton of Scotland were a further shot back in tied sixth place at the Orchard Golf and Country Club.
Que, who opted to play in his home event to be closer to his newly born son, took advantage of his home course knowledge by firing six birdies against one blemish.
“I had to stay in the Philippines rather than travel to Thailand for the Queen’s Cup because we do not have a new nanny yet. It is also nice to be playing on your home course and being closer to home and the family,” said Que, a three-time Asian Tour winner.
Australia’s McBain, the 2008 Hong Kong Amateur Open champion, started from the 10th tee with three birdies in his opening four holes before adding another birdie and rolling in a 35-foot eagle putt on the sixth hole. His only dropped shot was on the fourth hole.
“It is always nice to see your putts rolling in early in the round. It makes me comfortable and confident. This is my second year on the ADT and I can’t speak highly enough of the Tour. The more you play in Asia, the more you adapt and you get more comfortable with the environment and golf courses,” said the 29-year-old McBain.
Araki carded his best score in his third appearance on the ADT this season courtesy of a bogey-free round highlighted by a superb six iron approach shot to two feet on hole two which resulted in an eagle-three.
“I’m happy with my score. This is my best result so far on the ADT this year and I hope to continue my form. Overall my game was good so I will need to stay focus and repeat what I did today,” said the 34-year-old Araki.
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 first round scores
7 - Yutaka ARAKI (JPN) , Matthew MCBAIN (AUS) , Cassius CASAS (PHI) , Angelo QUE (PHI) , R.J. CARACELLA (AUS)
68 - Arnold VILLACENCIO (PHI) , Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) , Clarke LUTTON (SCO) , Yuki USAMI (JPN) , Clyde MONDILLA (PHI)
69 - Jhonnel ABABA (PHI) , Victor LEE (KOR) , Micah Lauren SHIN (USA) , Rufino BAYRON (PHI) , Arie IRAWAN (MAS)
70 - Rolando MARABE (PHI) , Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) , Jessie BALASABAS (PHI) , Brett MUNSON (USA) , Michael BIBAT (PHI)
71 - Gerald ROSALES (PHI) , Marvin DUMANDAN (PHI) , Erwin VINLUAN (PHI) , Richard ABARING (PHI) , Keanu JAHNS (PHI) , Miguel OCHOA (PHI) , James Ryan LAM (PHI) , Elmer SABAN (PHI) , Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) , Peter RICHARDSON (ENG) , Luke BANGERTER (ENG) , Tomokazu YOSHINAGA (JPN) , GOH Kun-Yang (SIN)
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.