Young gun Miguel Tabuena hailed the inaugural ICTSI Riviera Classic as another significant boost to the Asian Development Tour (ADT) as it will continue to shape the development of the game in the region.
Tabuena, 19, will tee up alongside the country’s aces and a slew of the region’s promising talents in the newest $60,000 ADT event firing off tomorrow at Riviera’s Langer Course in Silang, Cavite.
“It’s always good to see new tournaments coming up in the Philippines as it gives players like us more opportunities to play and compete at the highest level,” said Tabuena.
He lost his Asian Tour card after finishing outside the top-60 on the Order of Merit last season but is eyeing a quick return to the region’s premier Tour by seizing whatever playing opportunities he has.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Sattaya Supuramai believes memories of his maiden ADT win in the Philippines last year will spur him to do well as he heads the foreign challenge in the four-day championship sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
“I’m looking forward to return to the Philippines where I won my first ADT title and I’ve got fond memories of the country,” said Sattaya, who beat reigning back-to-back ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit champion Tony Lascuña by three at Mt. Malarayat last year.
Tabuena and Sattaya join the other leading pros in today’s (Tuesday) pro-am tournament along with the guest amateur players from the ADT, ICTSI and the host club.
Sattaya, currently fifth on the ADT Order of Merit, is also upbeat of his chances, confident he can challenge for more honors.
The ICTSI Riviera Classic will welcome aspiring pros from over 17 countries and features the likes of ADT winners, including American Brett Munson, Japan’s Masaru Takahashi, England’s Grant Jackson and Scotland’s James Byrne.
The ADT, launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012 and a record 16 in the 2013 season, has established itself as a gateway to the Asian Tour.