James Bowen hopes to brandish the same form he flaunted in Jakarta last week as he seeks to nail a third victory on the Asian Development Tour in the rich Aboitiz Invitational which unwraps on Wednesday, July 24, at the Cebu Country Club in Cebu City.
Bowen closed out with back-to-back two-under 70s to beat Taiwanese Chan Shih-chang by two for the Jakarta Classic crown over the weekend with the 27-year-old American, who also won the Harvard Masters in Malaysia last February, all fired-up heading to the Philippine leg of the $65,000 event serving as the seventh stage of the ADT, a feeder circuit to the Asian Tour.
“I’m feeling great. Winning two pro titles in a year is a great accomplishment for me. It really means a great deal to me. I feel like my hard work is finally paying off,” said Bowen.
But he will be as much tested as the rest of the big 126-player field vying for the Aboitiz Invitational crown with two other ADT leg winners in the fold, including Mitsuhiko Hashizume of Japan, who topped the Harvard Masters in Malaysia, and Johor Masters champion Grant Jackson of England.
Former titlists Brian Locke of the US, Peter Richardson of England and Dutch Guido Van der Valk have also confirmed their participation in the 72-hole championship also serving as the eighth leg of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour.
Jay Bayron, winner of the inaugural Aboitiz Invitational in 2011 and last year’s ADT Order of Merit champion, heads the strong local challenge that includes three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que, reigning ICTSI PGT OOM champion Tony Lascuna, veteran Mars Pucay and teener Miguel Tabuena.