MIGUEL Tabuena eyes more ranking points to boost his bid for a spot in the Rio Olympics as he leads other Filipinos looking to end the foreign bets’ dominance as the Asian Development Tour holds two events in the country.
The ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship ADT is set April 13 to 16 at the Legends course in Carmona, Cavite, before Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Trece Martirez, Cavite hosts the next ADT event from April 20 to 23.
The two events stake world ranking points. Tabuena is currently at No. 36 while Angelo Que, who will be campaigning in the Japan PGA Tour, is at No. 49. The top 60 players on the International Golf Federation’s Olympic ranking earn berths to Rio.
The foreign bets swept the two ADT events last year with Malaysia’s Arie Irawan winning at Eagle Ridge and Thailand’s Ittipat Buranatanyarat topping Sherwood.
Tabuena, Lascuña, Sumcad and Miñoza are all primed up, eager to take the top spot in the $60,000 tournament at Southwoods.
“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,” siad ICTSI chairman and president Ricky Razon.
Each event will have 144 players with the field split between the ADT and the Philippine Golf Tour.
Jay Bayron, Elmer Salvador, Clyde Mondilla, Cassius Casas, Jhonnel Ababa, Zanieboy Gialon, Charles Hong, Rufino Bayron, Ferdie Aunzo, Marvin Dumandan, Michael Bibat and Anthony Fernando are also seeing action in the tournament sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
“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,” said Asian Tour associate director Irfan Hamid.
“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,” he added.