THREE-time Asian Tour winner and former Philippine Open champion Angelo Que makes his first appearance on the local circuit this year as he joins the title hunt in the P2.5 million ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship beginning Wednesday at The Orchard’s Palmer course in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
“It’s nice to play on the (local) tour again. Finally, I can join the Order of Merit race once more and I hope to make a great start and win again,” said Que, who last saw action on the ICTSI PGT at Wack Wack last December, finishing joint fifth.
He also placed fifth in the Indonesian Open last month before caddying for wife Tracy Locsin in last week’s inaugural ICTSI Ladies PGT at The Country Club.
The battle for the top prize of P450,000 is expected to be tight, with Sherwood leg winner Miguel Tabuena, Camp John Hay stage champion Jay Bayron and Calatagan winner Tony Lascuna also seeing action.
Also joining the hunt in the second of six P2.5 million events lined up this year are the leading players in the current Order of Merit including Edward Reyes, Jhonnel Ababa, Charles Hong, Rufino Bayron, Mars Pucay, Japanese Toru Nakajima and Richard Sinfuego.
Others expected to vie for top honors in the fourth leg of the 15-stage circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. are Elmer Salvador, Ferdie Aunzo, Michael Bibat, Jun Bernis, Cassius Casas, Marvin Dumandan, Mhark Fernando, Clyde Mondilla, Rey Pagunsan, Gerald Rosales, Carl Santos-Ocampo, Orlan Sumcad, and Dutchman Guido Van der Valk.
The Aboitiz Invitational, also an Asian Development Tour leg, is set July 24-27 in Cebu followed by the ICTSI Classic at Mt. Malarayat from July 31 to Aug. 3, the Manila Southwoods Championship set Sept. 4 to 7, the Riviera Classic slated Oct. 16 to 19, and the season-ending Wack Wack Championship from Nov. 20 to 23.
Que, Pagunsan and Lascuna join the other leading pros in tomorrow’s traditional pro-am tournament along with officials and guests of the sponsoring ICTSI and the event’s chief backers Nike Golf, Empire Golf and Sports Shop, Mizuno, Titleist, Srixon, Foot Joy, Callaway, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers, Cleveland Golf and Sharp.