At least eight Asian Development Tour (ADT) leg winners have confirmed participation in the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational with a slew of other ADT campaigners also signing up for the $60,000 event unfolding on Wednesday at the Aoki course of the sprawling Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Cavite.
Thai Panuwat Muenlek, Malaysians Wilson Choo and Arie Irawan, Scot James Byrne, Americans Brett Munson and James Bowen, Japanese Masaru Takahashi and Mitsuhiko Hashizume headline the field in the 72-hole championship, which kicks off a two-leg ADT swing sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. in the country.
The ICTSI, which has backed at least one ADT since 2012, will also title-sponsor the $60,000 Sherwood Hills Golf and Country Club, also in Cavite on April 22 to 25.
The local aces kept all three ADT crowns at home last year with Elmer Salvador ruling the ICTSI Riviera Classic at Riviera’s Langer course, Rufino Bayron scoring a breakthrough at ICTSI Orchard Championship and Tony Lascuna finally nailing his first victory on the Asian Tour’s farm circuit at the Aboitiz Invitational at Riviera’s Couples layout.
This time, Lascuna and company will be hard-pressed to keep the ADT crowns at home since the ADT campaigners will be coming into the event in tip-top shape following a six-leg grind on the circuit.
Still, Lascuna, the reigning three-time ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit winner, remains upbeat of the Filipinos’ chances.
“We were able to win all three ADT events last year so I don’t see any reason why we can’t do it again,” said Lascuna. “But it will take a lot of hard work and I hope the other guys will step up.”