ADT: Smashing success for Salvador at Aboitiz Invitational

Sat 27 Jul 2013

ADT: Smashing success for Salvador at Aboitiz Invitational

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Cebu, Philippines, July 27: Filipino Elmer Salvador played his way into the record books by becoming the first player to successfully defend a title on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) at the US$65,000 Aboitiz Invitational on Saturday.
The 43-year-old took advantage of a hot start when he carded four birdies on the front nine to turn in 32 before adding two more birdies against three dropped shots to finish with a final round three-under-par 69 at the Cebu Country Club.
Salvador totaled 12-under-par 276 to edge out fellow compatriot and overnight leader Angelo Que by one shot while another Filipino Carl Santos-Ocampo finished four shots back on 280 to settle for third place.
England’s Ian Keenan recorded a 71 to take a share of fourth place with Korea’s Park Il-hwan and Guido Van Der Valk of the Netherlands on matching 282s.
American Brian Locke, who was the first round leader, mixed his card with four birdies and one bogey to tie for seventh place after a 69 on 283 with Filipino duo Charles Hong and Miguel Tabuena who posted scores of 71 and 70 respectively.
Salvador reveled in delight upon clinching his second ADT victory but claimed that the win did not come easily as he had to battle with a fever yesterday.
“I’m very happy to be able to defend my title. It has not been easy. I was running a fever yesterday but luckily, I felt better today,” said Salvador, who is the first player to defend his title on the ADT since the burgeoning tour inaugurated in 2010.
“I will go back to Manila to celebrate the win with my family and start preparing for my next event on the local tour soon. I also hope to play more on the Asian Tour and the ADT in the second half of the season,” added Salvador.
Salvador, who earned US$11,375 for his victory, will receive six Official World Ranking points courtesy of his triumph this week.
Despite missing out on his win, Que remained optimistic that his turn will come soon.
“The three bogeys on the front nine were really disappointing but I managed to recover with three birdies after the turn. Overall, I think it has been a great week. I am happy with how I’ve played despite finishing second,” said Que, a three-time winner on the Asian Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season in 2013.
“I am sure there’s always a next time if I continue to play well. I’m looking forward to the next half of the season,” added Que.
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.
Winners on the ADT will receive a minimum of six world ranking points while the top six players and ties will earn points based on a sliding scale.
Leading final round scores:
276 – Elmer SALVADOR (PHI) 67-68-72-69
277 – Angelo Que (PHI) 70-69-67-71
280 – Carl SANTOS-OCAMPO (PHI) 71-68-72-69
282 – Ian KEENAN (ENG) 70-67-74-71, PARK Il-hwan (KOR) 70-68-72-72, Guido VAN DER VALK (NED) 69-72-69-72
283 – Brian LOCKE (USA) 66-73-75-69, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 72-71-70-70, Charles HONG (PHI) 73-69-70-71
284 – Johvanie ABANO (PHI) 72-73-71-68, Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 72-75-68-69, Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 69-74-71-70, Peter RICHARDSON (ENG) 71-69-73-71, Michael  MOORE (AUS) 72-71-70-71, Anthony FERNANDO (PHI) 68-70-73-73, Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 72-69-70-73
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.