THE Asian Development Tour returns to the Philippines for its 18th leg of the season as Wack Wack hosts the Aboitiz Invitational next week.
Juvic Pagunsan, who won the ADT event at Manila Southwoods last year, is expected to play and defend his crown while also seeing action are Jay Bayron, top earner on the development tour in 2012.
Asian Tour Associate Director Irfan Hamid lauded the strong commitment from Aboitiz.
“The return of the Aboitiz Invitational reinforces the growing strength of the game in the Philippines and across the region. We would like to express our appreciation to Aboitiz for their unwavering support over the years,” said Irfan.
The top-five finishers on the ADT Order of Merit will earn with Asian Tour cards for 2017.
“We are proud to welcome the return of the Aboitiz Invitational and we are looking forward to working with the ADT, whom we share a strong relationship with. I’m confident that we can see some great action from the talented players in the region on the difficult Wack Wack course,” said Erramon Aboitiz, president and chief executive officer of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.
The tournament US$100,000 event (around P4.7 million) set Aug. 3 to 6 also offers Official World Golf Ranking points to the top six.
It will be the fourth venue in four years for the tournament. Before Southwoods, the event was held at Riviera and in Cebu. Co-organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., it doubles as the 11th leg of the Philippine Golf Tour.
“We hope to discover more talents through the staging of this event. The ADT has always been a great platform for budding golfers to hone their skills and advance their careers,” said Ricky Razon, chairman and president of Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.