Resorts World Manila Masters can inspire next generation of stars

Fri 19 Sep 2014

Resorts World Manila Masters can inspire next generation of stars

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The launch of the Resorts World Manila Masters in 2013 has been hailed as a major boost for the development of professional golf in the Philippines. Two of the Philippines’ biggest stars, Angelo Que and Miguel Tabuena, believe the burgeoning US$1 million Asian Tour event, which will be played at Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club from November 20-23, 2014, will inspire the next generation of Filipino golfers.
As a young kid with big dreams of becoming a top golfer, Miguel Tabuena tagged along his father to watch golf tournaments whenever the bandwagon rolled into Manila.
The eager Tabuena followed the action earnestly from outside the ropes and would then mimic the golf swings of the leading pros at home, imagining he would one day become the star attraction.
Tabuena, who turns 20 on October 13, is now living his fantasy as he competes regularly on the Asian Tour, which is the region’s premier circuit. He believes last year’s successful launch of the Resorts World Manila Masters will inspire the next generation of Filipino stars to shoot for the sky.
“It’s always good to have an Asian Tour event in the Philippines,” said Tabuena.
“I hope it will continue to grow over the next few years. I’m sure it will bring in new kids to the game. Hopefully they will come out to watch us play and try to pick the game up after that,” added Tabuena, who lost in a play-off at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taipei in September.
Que, a three-time Asian Tour winner, said junior golf in the Philippines will enjoy a boon due the success of the Resorts World Manila Masters, which is now the richest golf tournament in the country.
Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines
“I think there are a lot of new kids picking up the game in the Philippines. There are a lot of young players playing at Manila Southwoods as well. When they see us playing in big events like the Resorts World Manila Masters, I’m sure they will look up to us and want to follow our footsteps to further advance their careers,” said Que.
“There are a lot of new kids turning professional and playing on the local Tour right now which is good to see. I hope we can be an inspiration to them.
“The Resorts World Manila Masters has definitely caused a huge impact on the golf scene in the Philippines. It’s probably the biggest event since the Johnnie Walker Classic came to Manila in 1995. It is good because everybody will go and watch and everybody would want to try and play.”
Indeed, Que and Tabuena have become a source of inspiration to young golfers. Que broke through for his first win on the Asian Tour in Vietnam in 2004 and subsequently won the 2008 Philippine Open and 2010 Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.
Tabuena, who earned his Asian Tour card as a 16-year-old amateur in 2011, has proven that age is no measure to success. He came agonisingly close to a career breakthrough victory in Taipei recently, missing two putts for victory before losing to Thailand’s Prom Meesawat.
“I’ve been playing well this year so I hope I can do well in the Resorts World Manila Masters. It’s good that the prize money has been increased. It shows the success of the tournament and I hope it will continue to grow,” said Tabuena.
“I’m really looking forward to that event so hopefully I can get a good result. I’m sure there will be some pressure as we’re playing at home with the local support from families and friends. Having an event at home is a bonus. It would mean everything to me if I can win that event. I’ve been looking for an Asian Tour win ever since I started out.”
Que will have added motivation to win the Resorts World Manila Masters as the event is held on his home course. “It’s always nice playing on home soil. I don’t see it as pressure to do well and I am happy to see a lot of support from my countrymen. Playing at my home club is definitely an advantage because I’ve played a lot there. I know the course pretty well. I almost did it last year as I led after two rounds but my putter let me down on the last two day. Hopefully my putter will work out well this time round.”
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.