ANGELO Que hopes get right back up, two weeks after stumbling in the final round of the Solaire Open two weeks ago, as he joins the title hunt in the ICTSI Camp John Hay Championship teeing off Wednesday at John Hay Golf Club in Baguio City.
Que skipped last week’s kickoff leg of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour at Splendido in Tagaytay to take a much needed rest after his failed bid in the Solaire Open at The Country Club.
He led the Asian Tour event in the second and third rounds but tumbled out of contention when he made a 12 on the par-5 No. 2 of the TCC in the final round.
Canada’s Richard Lee snatched the crown, while Que finished in joint 21st after an 82. The Splendido Classic was won by Jay Bayron in come-from-behind fashion.
But despite that, Que is again expected to contend at John Hay, a short but tricky par-69 layout, in the 72-hole P2 million championship offering a top prize of P360,000.
Bayron is the defending champion and will seek back-to-back PGT titles, while teen star Miguel Tabuena is also expected to contend along with Elmer Salvador and Tony Lascuna.
Cassius Casas, winner of this year’s The Country Club Invitational who was disqualified at Splendido after signing a wrong scorecard, will look to bounce back.
Rufino Bayron is also hoping to make up for a shaky finish last week after blowing a seven-stroke lead at Splendido and ended up losing by one to brother Jay.
Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski, joint 10th at Splendido, will again lead the foreign bets in the tournament sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Manila-based Canadian Rick Gibson is also seeing action, along with Dutchman Guido Van der Valk, Japan’s Tomokazu Yoshinaga, Tony Guerrero and Elliot Hume of the US and Koreans Kim Chang Hoi, Mun Jae Hyung, Gyuha Park and Park Jin Hyeon.
The leading pros play the up-and-down layout for the last time in Tuesday’s pro-am where they will be grouped with amateur from the event’s chief backers including Nike Golf, Custom Clubmakers, Titleist, Cleveland, Pacsports, Srixon, Callaway, Sharp and FootJoy and media partners Balls TV and ABS-CBN.
Other top local players competing are Frankie Minoza, Zanie Boy Gialon, James Ryan Lam, Charles Hong, Jhonnel Ababa, Mhark Fernando, Anthony Fernnado, Clyde Mondilla, Elmer Saban, Rey Pagunsan, Gerald Rosales and Carl Santos-Ocampo.