THE Asian Development Tour’s $60,000 ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational tees off on Wednesday, with the local aces slugging it out with the region’s rising stars, hoping to take advantage of being on “home course” at Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Gen. Trias, Cavite.
Tony Lascuna will start with ADT Langkawi leg winner Wilson Choo of Malaysia and former leg champion Brent Munson of the US, while Angelo Que has been grouped with Sam Cyr of the US and David Gleezon of Australia.
Miguel Tabuena sets out with Thailand’s Itthipat Buranatanyarat and Micah Shin of the US.
The foreign players will be looking to put an end to the locals’ domination of the ADT legs following a three-leg sweep last year by Lascuna, Rufino Bayron and Elmer Salvador.
The par-72 Aoki layout, one of the four championship courses inside the sprawling ERGCC complex, has been spruced up to ADT standard.
“Our local players can hold their own against the foreign long-hitters… the heat will play a big factor that will favor the locals,” said Eagle Ridge golf manager Raymond Bunquin, adding that Aoki greens are fairly fast in most holes.
The event, co-organized by ADT and Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc., offers a $10,500 purse.
“I’ve been working on my putting stroke the last few weeks and I hope to do well in the next four days,” said Lascuna, who won five PGT legs last year, including the Aboitiz Invitational at Riviera, his first ADT victory, and the all-local Eagle Ridge Tour Proper.
Que is looking to score his second win after ruling Eastridge, while Tabuena is also seeking a second title after topping the Splendido leg.
Bayron, who ended a long search for victory with a romp at ADT Orchard last year, is grouped with Japan’s Masaru Takahashi and Thai Panuwat Muenlek.
Salvador, a three-time ADT winner will play alongside Nick Redfern or England and Thammanoon Sriroj of Thailand.
Casas starts with Attaphon Sriboonkaew and James Bowen, while Mars Pucay has been grouped with ADT Sime Darby leg winner Arie Irawan of Malaysia and James Bryne of Scotland.
Munson powered his team composed of amateurs Arnel Paras, Roger Crespo and Rey Santos to victory in Tuesday’s pro-am tournament with a 19-under 53 total, edging Cassius Casas, Brian Kim, Bobby Chico and Raymond Bunquin by two.
Mars Pucay, winner of the TPC leg of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour last year, and partners George Samonte, Dante Felizarta and Cesar Castro pooled a 56 to finish third in the 18-hole event which featured the leading pros and amateur guests of the event’s chief backers, including ICTSI, Aboitiz, Srixon, Callaway, Empire Golf and Sports Shop, Nike Golf, TaylorMade, Custom Clubmakers, Sharp, Omnisource and Silicon Computer and Telecoms, Inc.