RISING Filipino gold star Clyde Mondilla has been grouped with the top two players in the Asian Development Tour for the start of the Aboitiz Invitational on Wednesday at Wack Wack Golf Club.
ADT No. 1 Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand and No. 2 Johannes Veerman of the US will tee off with Mondilla in an early start on hole No. 10 on the East course.
Winner of two Philippine Golf Tour events, Mondilla is hoping to cash in on whatever advantage he has in terms of local knowledge of the challenging layout.
“I don’t give it much thought, being paired with ADT’s top two players. My focus is on my game. I need to start strong, actually in the first two days to be able to make the cut. Then, I’ll attack,” said Mondilla, who scored back-to-back wins at Eastridge and Calatagan.
Nine of the Top 10 players in the ADT money list in the field vying for the top prize of US$17,500 (around P820,000) from the US$100,000 pot.
Also expected to lead the local charge are two-time champion Elmer Salvador and former titlists Jay Bayron and Tony Lascuña.
“It will be tough with the best on the ADT competing but we are ready,” said Lascuña, actually the winningest local player this year with four victories on the PGT. “What we need is a strong start and then try to sustain it since the field is too strong.”
Lascuña starts at midday with Thailand’s Chanat Sakupolphaisan and Indonesia’s George Gandranata.
Bayron tees off with Josh Salah of the US and Sweden’s Oscar Zetterwall, winner of the Sherwood Hills Classic ADT in April.
Salvador, winner in 2012 and 13 in Cebu, was drawn to play with Australia’s Matthew Gleeson and Kris Etter.
Focus will also be on Frankie Miñoza, winner of the Negros Occidental Classic crown in Bacolod last month.
The former Asian Tour No. 1 will start with Manila Southwoods ADT winner Gavin Green of Malaysia and Myanmar’s Zaw Moe.
Jobim Carlos has an early start with Japanese amateur Gen Nagai and Omar Dungca in the event put up by by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc., event serving as the 18th leg of the ADT and 11th stage of the PGT, sponsored by ICTSI and co-organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. with Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Pacsports, TaylorMade, Sharp and Champion as chief backers.