JUST a week after dominating the Philippine Amateur Open Golf for women, Dottie Ardina looks to solidify her title as current top local female shotmaker as she goes for the title in the Champion Infinity Philippine Ladies Open 2013 starting on Wednesday at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa City, Batangas.
The 18-year-old Ardina, spearhead of the ICTSI-The Country Club team, is coming off an eight-shot romp in last week’s Philippine Amateur at Wack Wack
“I’m hitting it pretty well lately but it’s a tough field and we’ll be playing on a tough, windy course, so it’s going to be difficult,” said Ardina. “It will take a lot of hard work to finally win this elusive title.”
Ardina won the Penang and Taiwan Amateur titles in the last quarter of 2012 before anchoring the team’s three-title sweep in the Singapore Juniors in December.
“This is one title that she hasn’t won and it’s a big challenge for her since she often comes in poor form in the past Opens. But now, she’s in tip-top shape,” said ICTSI-TCC coach Bong Lopez.
Leading the local challenge are Ardina’s teammate Princess Superal, who finished second to Korean Lee Jeong Hwa last year and won a number of titles last season including the Malaysian Juniors and the national doubles crown with Daniella Uy.
Former champion and reigning Hong Kong Amateur titlist Cyna Rodriguez and Santi Cup winner Jayvie Agojo are also in the field along with Sarah Ababa, Lovelynn Guioguio and new ICTSI members Abegail Arevalo and Sophia Chabon.
Chanel Avaricio, who triumphed in San Diego recently, is also tipped to contend for the crown along with Sophia Blanco, Samantha Bruce, Annika Cedo, Inez del Rosario, Pauline del Rosario, Mikhaela Fortuna, Clare Legaspi, Isa Lorenzo, Sam Martirez, Felicia Medalla, Gaby Monfort, Marvi Monsalve, Bernice Olivarez-Ilas, Jan Punzalan, Ann Sabater and Andie Unson.
Looking to steal the show from the home bets are national team mainstays of Thailand and Malaysia, while players from Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and the US are also seeing action in the 54-hole championship organized by the Women’s Golf Association of the Phils. and sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Coca Cola, Duty Free Phils., and Pacsports, with support from the Department of Tourism.
The event is also backed by Bailey's, Mancare Health Systems Inc., Group Management & Development, Inc. by Gilberto Duavit, Holland Blooms, Impact Magazine, Berenger, Spectrum Graphics, Tres Palmas, Alexis Jewellers and Alabang, Forest Hills, Manila Golf, Orchard, Canlubang, Sta. Elena and Tagaytay Highlands Ladies Chapters.