TWO-time runner-up Jayvie Agojo tries to end the run of futility in the fifth and final leg of the inaugural ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour at Camp John Hay next week in Baguio City.
As part of her preparations for for the big test in the P500,000 event at the demanding up-and-down John Hay layout, Agojo has been doing plyometrics training to strengthen her legs and core at the House of Pain under coach John Aquino.
“Since John Hay is a hilly course, I need to be in tip-top condition but emphasis should be on putting and I need a little bit of luck to finally nail the elusive win,” said Agojo.
The former Philippine Ladies Open champion is actually coming off a breakthrough pro victory at Singha LPGA in Thailand last September but the former Philippine Ladies Open champion still hopes to finish the first season of the local tour with a win.
“The Thai tournament is a different thing but I’ll try to bring the good memories (of that win) and good shots that I did in Thailand at John Hay,” said Agojo, who finished second to Dottie Ardina in the kickoff leg of the tour organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. at The Country Club Invitational and to back-to-back leg champion Cyna Rodriguez at Eagle Ridge.
Counting her two other fifth place finishes at the Canlubang and Wack Wack legs of the first-ever ladies pro circuit sponsored by ICTSI, Agojo is leading the Order of Merit with earnings of P212,000, just P12,000 ahead of Rodriguez, who swept her first two pro events.
In Baguio, however, Agojo said anything can happen with no player holding a distinct advantage at the short but challenging par-69 course.
“John Hay is nobody’s home course. So anybody has a chance and the key is to practice more and build some confidence,” said Agojo, adding that she still trains with Team ICTSI coach Bong Lopez.
The pro-am tournament us set Monday with the competing pros grouped with top amateurs and officials and guests of the event’s chief backers.