Leading golfers will test their mettle in the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Aboitiz Invitational tournament slated on August 3 to 6 at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City.
The invitational, which started in 2011, will be the 18th stop in the ADT schedule and the third in the Philippines this season.
Participants will be gunning for an early top-five finish in the Order of Merit to secure a slot for the 2017 Asian Tour.
Seeing action in the tournament that boasts of a prize purse of US$100,000 are champion Juvic Pagunsan, Asian Tour regular Antonio Lascuna, 2012 ADT Order of Merit champion Jay Bayron and Elmer Salvador, who won the 2012 and 2013 editions, respectively.
“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 CEO of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. in a statement.
Meanwhile, Enrique Razon Jr., Chairman and President of Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc., hopes to discover more talents through the event.
“The ADT has always been a great platform for budding golfers to hone their skills and advance their careers. We are happy to do our part in helping these players,” said Razon.
Asian Tour Associate Director Irfan Hamid, on the other hand, lauded the strong support 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 six players and ties based on a sliding scale will be given Official World Golf Ranking points after the tournament.