THE Philippines’ top professional golfers will be seeing action in the 11th leg of the Philippines Golf Tour (PGT) dubbed as the Aboitiz Invitational at the Cebu Country Club (CCC) next week.

The 54-hole Aboitiz Invitational serves as the 11th leg of the PGT circuit. After Cebu, the PGT will stage three more legs before the year ends.

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“We are glad to have Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) as one of our major partners for the PGT,” said Colo Ventosa, general manager of the Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. (PGTI) in yesterday’s press conference.

She was joined by professional golfer Tonton Asistio and Marvin Dumandan and AEV’s Sebastian Lacson.

Ventosa added Aboitiz doled out P2.5 million for the staging of the PGT.

“We want to show that Cebu is very supportive in promoting golf because we believe the Filipinos can excel in this sport locally and internationally,” Lacson said.

This will be the first time CCC will host the three-year-old PGT circuit, giving the country’s top golfers a different kind of challenge as they play in an unfamiliar course.

“We are very excited with this event. Hopefully this is the start for Cebu becoming a regular stop of the tour,” Ventosa said.

Ventosa added they will make sure the competitions will go smoothly and will do everything to prevent any unusual incidents like what happened in the ICTSI Del Monte Championship.

In the ICTSI, three leading players, Elmer Salvador, Richard Sinfuego and Juvic Pagunsan, were disqualified due to an honest mistake in the final hole.

The PGT was launched in September 2008 with three events —the Valley Golf in Antipolo City, Sherwood Hills in Cavite, and Apo Golf in Davao. In 2009, PGT became a pro tour. It was founded by Enrique Razon Jr., who thought of having a tournament to advance the cause of pro golf in the country.

It has been the chief backer of top Filipino golfers, including the amateurs, through exposures in local, regional and international golf tournaments.