The Aboitiz Invitational will be staged at the challenging Wack Wack Golf and Country Club for the first time when it returns for its sixth edition on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) next week.
The Aboitiz Invitational, which was inaugurated in 2011, will offer a prize purse of US$100,000 when it gets underway from August 3 to 6. It will be the 18th leg of the ADT schedule this season.
Leading players from the region’s burgeoning Tour are set to feature in what is the Tour’s third stop in the Philippines this season as they vie to finish inside top-five on the Order of Merit to secure Asian Tour cards for 2017.
Defending champion Juvic Pagunsan is also expected to headline the event alongside Asian Tour regular Antonio Lascuna, 2012 ADT Order of Merit champion Jay Bayron and Elmer Salvador, who won the event in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Erramon I. Aboitiz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc., is delighted to extend their partnership with the ADT.
“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 Aboitiz.
Enrique K. Razon Jr., Chairman and President of Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. (PGTI), said: “We hope to unearth more talents through the staging of this 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 lauded the strong commitment 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 ADT will reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2017.
Like all other ADT events, the Aboitiz Invitational will offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points to the top six players and ties based on a sliding scale.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com