ADT: Rookie Munson bids for second win at Aboitiz Invitational

Tue 26 Aug 2014

ADT: Rookie Munson bids for second win at Aboitiz Invitational

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Manila, August 26: Asian Development Tour (ADT) freshman Brett Munson of the United States will be targeting a second victory on the burgeoning Tour when he tees off at the US$100,000 Aboitiz Invitational on Wednesday.
Munson, who is currently second on the ADT Order of Merit, will be challenging for the winner’s prize purse of US$17,500 against the region’s aspiring professionals at the highly-rated ADT event which is returning for its fourth edition at the Riviera Golf and Country Club’s Couples Course.
Defending champion Elmer Salvador, who is aiming to win the Aboitiz Invitational for a record third time, will spearhead the local charge alongside 2012 ADT Order of Merit champion Jay Bayron, three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que, Antonio Lascuna and young talent Miguel Tabuena.
Thai brothers Pavit and Annop Tangkamolprasert, Grant Jackson of England, Malaysia’s Arie Irawan and James Byrne of Scotland, who just claimed his second ADT win in Indonesia last week, will also feature in the Aboitiz Invitational, which is the ADT’s third and final stop in the Philippines this season.
Munson came into prominence when he hit the sweet spot with his maiden victory in what was only his second attempt on the ADT, which was launched as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour in 2010.
“The season has treated me well so far. I’m planning to play as many ADT events as I can for the remaining season and try to boost my ranking on the Order of Merit. I’m definitely looking to finish inside top five at the end of the season,” said the 28-year-old American, who has been impressive in his first year playing in Asia, having secured one victory and four other top-five results.
Prior to his breakthrough in Asia, Munson had struggled with his game since joining the play-for-pay ranks back home in 2010. His decision to come to Asia proved to be a right move as he was rewarded with some solid results on the ADT this season.
“I’ve worked really hard over the past few years to improve my game. I’ve struggled in my first few years as a professional golfer. I’m glad it seems to be paying off this year. I love Asia and I love playing golf here. It’s refreshing,” added Munson.
Arie, who enjoyed his first top-five finish of the season in Indonesia last week, is hoping to ride on his good run of form as he continues to chase for his ADT breakthrough since turning professional in 2013.
“My form has been really good. I’m looking forward to this week and I hope I can keep up the good form. The season has been kind of up and down for me. I have to accept whatever I do and keep finding ways to improve myself so as to get closer to winning. Putting myself in contention is a great start and I’ve learnt a lot from last week,” said the 24-year-old Malaysian.
The Aboitiz Invitational, which is the 14th leg on the ADT schedule this season, had received a more than 50% increase in prize fund from US$65,000 which was offered in the last three editions since its inception in 2011.
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 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.