DOTTIE Ardina goes for back-to-back titles as the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour holds its second leg next week at the North course of the Canlubang Golf and Country Club in Laguna.
The former amateur ace fired a final-round 65 to edge Princess Superal by a stroke at The Country Club, marking her pro debut with a victory in the inaugural staging of the ladies pro circuit.
The second leg is set June 18 to 20 at Cangolf, one of her training courses during her amateur career.
“I always carry a winning attitude every time I compete,” said Ardina, a former Junior World champion. “Especially coming off a victory, I am very confident of my (title) chances.”
Superal, now the country’s leading amateur, is skipping the second leg to vie for honors in the Suntory Open on the Japan Ladies PGA Tour.
Among the favorites are Jayvie Agojo, Lovelynn Guioguio, Sarah Ababa, Lina de Guzman, Reb Bareng, Apple Fudolin and Anya Tanpinco.
Focus will also be on amateur sisters Nikki Bruce, 15, and Sam Bruce, 12, who humbled the veterans by posting a 1-2 finish during the recent LPGT qualifiers at the South layout.
Former Philippine Ladies Open champion Heidi Chua is also expected to bounce back strong from an 18th place finish the first time out along with Lucy Landicho, Eva Miñoza, Sylvia Torres and Tracy Que.
The 54-hole, P500,000 event offers P100,000 to the champion.
Other amateurs seeing action in the tournament sponsored by ICTSI and backed by Gatorade, Sharp and Custom Clubmakers are Bernice Ilas, Harmie Constantino, Yuka Sasu, Pauline del Rosario and Sofia Chabon of the ICTSI golf squad.