The Aboitiz Invitational makes its return to the Asian Development Tour (ADT) calendar next month with an increased prize fund of US$100,000 and field toughened up by the country’s top guns and a number of foreign aces.
The fourth edition of the event will be staged at the Riviera Golf and Country Club’s Couples Course for the first time from August 27 to 30 with the prize pot seeing a significant 53.8 percent jump from US$65,000, which was offered during the first three editions held at the Cebu Country Club since 2011.
The Aboitiz Invitational, won by Jay Bayron in the inaugurals and Elmer Salvador the last two years, will also mark the ADT’s third stop in the Philippines this season and raises the schedule to a record total of 20 tournaments.
The ADT, which is the gateway to the premier Asian Tour, was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012 and 16 in 2013.
Salvador, who claimed his third ADT victory at the ICTSI Riviera Classic at Langer course last May, played his way into the record books by becoming the first player to successfully defend a title on the ADT at the Aboitiz Invitational last year.
The tournament will feature leading Filipino stars such as Angelo Que, a three-time Asian Tour winner, Tony Lascuña, young gun Miguel Tabuena, 2012 ADT Order of Merit winner Bayron and back-to-back defending champion Salvador, who will compete against an international field from the ADT.
Erramon Aboitiz, president and chief executive officer of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc., expressed his delight with the extended partnership with the burgeoning ADT.