ADT: Strong line-up for ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational

Fri 10 Apr 2015

ADT: Strong line-up for ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational

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Cavite, Philippines, April 10: The region’s promising talents will take on a strong local cast at the inaugural ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational which gets underway at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club from April 15 to 18 next week.
The US$60,000 event is one of the two tournaments title-sponsored by the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) in the Philippines on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) schedule this season.
The ICTSI, which has backed at least one ADT event every year since 2012, will also title-sponsor the US$60,000 ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic slated to tee off at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club in the following week from April 22 to 25.
Asian Tour stalwarts Antonio Lascuna and Angelo Que will spearhead the home challenge alongside Miguel Tabuena, 2012 ADT Order of Merit Jay Bayron and three-time ADT winner Elmer Salvador at the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational.
A strong international field with players from 16 countries including ADT winners Arie Irawan of Malaysia, Panuwat Muenlek of Thailand, American Brett Munson, Japan’s Masaru Takahashi and James Byrne of Scotland will also challenge for honours in what is the seventh leg of the schedule this season.
Other notable players include local veterans Frankie Minoza and Cassius Casas, Thailand’s Phitphatphong Naewsuk, Wilson Choo of Malaysia and American James Bowen.
ADT aspirants will continue their Merit chase at the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational as the top five players on the final Order of Merit will earn playing rights on the Asian Tour schedule in 2016.
A total of 144 players will compete in the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational, with the field split between the ADT and the Philippine Golf Tour, which is also backed by the ICTSI.
A total of 20 events has been confirmed for the 2015 ADT season, with several more to be announced in due course.
Since it was inaugurated as a gateway to the Asian Tour in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to a record 21 tournaments in 2014.
With the Olympic Games looming in 2016 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 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.