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ADT hopefuls aim for merit boost at Aboitiz Invitational

Posted on Aug 23 2014 | IANS

Manila, Aug 23 : The region's aspiring golf professionals will have another shot at boosting their Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit rankings when they tee off in the fourth edition of the Aboitiz Invitational next week.

The USD 100,000 ADT event, which was previously won by local heroes Elmer Salvador and 2012 ADT Order of Merit champion Jay Bayron, will be the ADT's third stop in the Philippines this season.

The event, which received more than 50 percent increase in prize fund from USD 65,000 which was offered in the last three editions, will be staged at the Riviera Golf and Country Club's Couples Course for the first time from Aug 27-30.

Defending champion Salvador, who claimed his third ADT victory at the Riviera Golf and Country Club's Langer course earlier in May, will spearhead the local charge alongside three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que, young talent Miguel Tabuena and Antonio Lascuna.

ADT winners Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, American Brett Munson, Niall Turner of Ireland and England's Grant Jackson will also be among the promising cast chasing for honours in the 14th leg on the ADT this year.

Salvador will be looking to win the Aboitiz Invitational for a record third time when he steps up to the tee next week.

"I will go out there and do my best to win the tournament again," said the 44-year-old Filipino, who 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.

Pavit, who was propelled to second on the ADT Order of Merit after claiming his second victory last week, is determined to put up another good performance which will cement his position inside the top five on the Merit list.

"It is still a long way to go and anybody can finish inside the top five. I played on the Asian Tour before. It is tough but I still hope to play on the main Tour again next year. I will try my best to finish inside the top five on the ADT merit rankings at the end of this season," said the 25-year-old Pavit.

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