CHARLES Hong hopes to rediscover the form he displayed in winning last year’s title but now face a tougher field featuring Asian Development Tour winners in the Sherwood Hills Classic teeing off on Wednesday at Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Cavite.
Hong starts at midday with Cassius Casas and Nick Redfern of England.
“I just need to do what I’m doing and I hope I can hang around the leaderboard and then we’ll see what happens,” said Hong, also raring to atone for his failed bid at Eagle Ridge where he missed the cut by one stroke.
“The missed cut doesn’t bother me that much. Everyone misses cuts at some point and it was for me last week. But it doesn’t change anything from me,” he added.
Hsieh Chi-hsien of Taiwan, lead on the ADT money list, is seeing action along with Wilson Choo of Malaysia and Panuwat Muenlek of Thailand.
Choo topped the ADT Langkawi Championship in February, Muenlek ruled the ADT Terengganu Championship last month, while Hsieh topped the Yeangder ADT title two weeks ago.
The 72-hole event serves as the eighth leg of this year’s ADT.
Choo has been grouped with Randy Garalde and Josh Salah of the US, while Muenlek starts with Mars Pucay and Finland’s Teemu Putkonen.
The 24-year-old Hsieh is grouped with Zanie Boy Gialon and Japan’s Masaru Takahashi
Elmer Salvador, a three-time ADT winner, is hoping to finally nail a victory after a third place finish at Splendido, joint fourth at the Manila Masters and a share of sixth at Eagle Ridge.
Salvador starts with Casey O’Toole of the US and Ye Jian-feng of China in the tournament co-organized by ADT and Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Aboitiz, Srixon, Callaway, Empire Golf and Sports Shop, Nike Golf, TaylorMade, Custom Clubmakers, Sharp, Omnisource and Silicon Computer and Telecoms, Inc.
Other local bets tipped to contend for the top prize of $10,500 are last year’s ADT Orchard leg winner Rufino Bayron, veteran campaigner Frankie Minoza, Clyde Mondilla, Ferdie Aunzo, Jun Bernis, Anthony Fernando, Mhark Fernando, Jhonnel Ababa, Jun Rates, Arnold Villacencio, Orlan Sumcad, Jessie Balasabas and Michael Bibat.