AN Asian Tour leg winner and multiple champion on the domestic pro tour at 21, Miguel Tabuena now focuses on the Rio Olympics and is glad to have the country behind him.
“I hope to not let you down in the Olympics this year,” said Tabuena on Saturday as he received the Athlete of the Year trophy from the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA).
Tabuena is running 46th in the qualifying list for Rio de Janeiro, on track for a stint against some of the world’s best when golf makes a return in the Olympics this year. Top 60 on the International Golf Federation’s list by July 11 will earn berths to Rio.
The young pro is doing well, and actually attended the PSA Awards night at One Esplanade in Pasay City hours after ruling the opening leg of the Philippine Golf Tour at Anvaya Cove in Morong, Bataan.
The 20-year-old wasn’t about to miss the rites as the oldest media organization named him co-Athlete of the year with boxing stars Nonito Donaire and Donnie Nietes.
“To share the stage with two boxing icons that we all watch whenever they fight is an amazing feeling,” said Tabuena in his brief acceptance speech on Saturday.
Tabuena was named Athlete of the Year by the PSA following his exploits last year including the Philippine Open, an Asian Tour event.
Angelo Que, a three-time winner on the Asian Tour, is in 51st spot.