ADT set to return to the Philippines

Thu 07 Apr 2016

ADT set to return to the Philippines

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Manila, April 7: The Asian Development Tour (ADT) will make a welcome return to the Philippines for a two-week swing, thanks to the continued support of long-time sponsor, International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI).
The ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship and the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic will provide prize funds of US$60,000 for each tournament where rising stars from the Philippines will compete against an international field from the ADT, which is the gateway to the premier Asian Tour.
The two-week swing will begin with the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship taking place at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club from April 13-16, followed by the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic slated to tee off at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club from April 20-23.
Enrique K. Razon Jr., ICTSI Chairman and President, said: “We are glad to welcome the ADT back to the Philippines. We hope the staging of these events will continue to provide opportunities for players in the region to showcase their talents and advance their careers onto the Asian Tour.”
“We hope these events will also allow local players to pick up valuable Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points, which is important in the race to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August.”
Irfan Hamid, the Asian Tour’s Associate Director, hailed the strong commitment and support from ICTSI. “We are very thankful for the unwavering support from ICTSI, who has always play a major role in growing professional golf in the Philippines and across the region.”
“The ADT has grown since its inauguration in 2010 and we have been successful in providing a clear pathway for upcoming players to gain access onto the Asian Tour,” said Irfan.
A total of 144 players will compete in each event in the Philippines, with the field split between the ADT and the Philippine Golf Tour, which is also backed by the ICTSI.
The ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship and the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic will be the 10th and 11th leg of the 2016 ADT season respectively.
With the Olympic Games looming this August where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, players in the region could earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro by earning Official World Golf Ranking points through the Asian Tour and ADT.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
About International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Headquartered and established in 1988 in Manila, Philippines, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is in the business of port operations, management and development.  ICTSI’s portfolio of terminals and projects spans developed and emerging market economies in the Asia Pacific, the Americas, and Europe, Middle East and Africa.  ICTSI has received global acclaim for its public-private partnerships with governments divesting of their port assets to the private sector.  ICTSI is currently the leading corporate benefactor of golf in the Philippines. (www.ictsi.com)
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 national golfing circuit in Southeast Asia. (www.pgt.ph)
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.