ADT:Que and Ababa share honours at Aboitiz Invitational

Wed 27 Aug 2014

ADT:Que and Ababa share honours at Aboitiz Invitational

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Manila, August 27: Local star Angelo Que provided the early home cheers when he fired a seven-under-par 65 to share the opening round lead with compatriot Jhonnel Ababa at the US$100,000 Aboitiz Invitational on Wednesday.
Que, a three-time Asian Tour winner, returned with a flawless round highlighted by one eagle and five birdies while Ababa knocked in eight birdies against a lone bogey at the Riviera Golf and Country Club’s Couples Course.
The leading duo held a one-shot advantage over veteran Antonio Lascuna, who ensured a strong local presence atop the leaderboard by taking third place at the highly-rated Asian Development Tour (ADT) event, which is returning for its fourth edition this week.
Benjie Magada, also of the Philippines, stayed a further shot back in fourth place on 67 with American Casey O’Toole and Thailand’s rising stars Poosit Supupramai and Pijit Petchkasem at the Aboitiz Invitational, which is the ADT’s third and final stop in the Philippines this season.
Defending champion Elmer Salvador of the Philippines registered a 73 to take a share of 56th place with nine other players.
Que was delighted with his effort. “I managed to hole a lot of putts today. I have only played this course for a few times before so I am happy with how I’ve played today. Hopefully I can keep up my good form tomorrow,” said the father of two, who got off to a remarkable birdie-eagle start before adding another three birdies to turn in 30.
Despite playing in only his third ADT event this week, the 35-year-old Filipino star, who plays mainly on the Asian Tour, sang praises of the burgeoning Tour, which was launched in 2010 as a gateway to the region’s premier Tour.
“There are a lot of great players here. It’s good to see the young and upcoming players from all over the region doing well on the ADT. The playing standards here have definitely improved over the years and there are a lot more tournaments on the ADT now which is good,” added Que.
Ababa, who just claimed a victory in Malaysia early this month, showed great composure on the fairways while competing alongside the region’s aspiring professionals.
“I think concentration is the key to playing well here. I stayed really focused in my game today. My putting and driving were all in place too. I’m very pleased with my round today and I hope I can continue to play well tomorrow. I hope to keep the trophy on home soil,” said the 30-year-old Ababa.
The Aboitiz Invitational, which is the 14th leg on the ADT schedule this season, had received 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 card.
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.
Leading first round scores:
65 – Angelo QUE (PHI), Jhonnel ABABA (PHI)
66 – Antonio LASCUNA (PHI)
67 – Benjie MAGADA (PHI), Poosit SUPUPRAMAI (THA), Pijit PETCHKASEM (THA), Casey O’TOOLE (USA)
68 – Miguel TABUENA (PHI), Miguel OCHOA (PHI), Brett MUNSON (USA)
69 – Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (PHI), Richard ABARING (PHI), Mars PUCAY (PHI), Nils FLOREN (SWE)
70 – YE Jian-feng (CHN), Orlan SUMCAD (PHI), Zaw MOE (MYN), Chris MAMARIL (PHI), Christopher DELOS SANTOS (PHI), Joenaard RATES (PHI), Randy GARALDE (PHI)
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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.