CYNA Rodriguez looks to bounce back from a subpar performance in Taiwan last week as she goes for her third title in four local tournaments when the ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Ladies Classic tees off on Wednesday at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa, Batangas.
Rodriguez won by 11 at John Hay last month but last week struggled to finish in the top 25 in a Taiwan tournament.
“I’m sticking to my game plan of hitting the fairways and greens. But my putter has not been my friend the past week and hopefully that will change this week,” said Rodriguez, who will start with Korea’s Seo Yon Kwon and amateur Angela de Villa.
“I feel good about my chances but I need to play the course seriously. You can’t take the Mt. Lobo and Mt. Malipunyo courses lightly,” she added.
Chihiro Ikeda also wound up in the top 25 in Taiwan and hopes to finally end the title drought in the domestic circuit.
“I’ve been hitting the ball well and regained my confidence,” said Ikeda. “I just hope my putting will click and finally get that elusive win.”
Jayvie Agojo, who beat Ikeda by three at Riviera but floundered at John Hay the following week and finished a distant sixth, will start with Apple Fudolin and Lovelynn Guioguio.
Focus will also be on Amy Phalajivin, who hopes to flash top form and cash in on the luck of a first timer at Malarayat.
“This is my first time to play here and I like the course. I hope to play well and really like Malarayat as a whole,” said the Thai ace, grouped with Ikeda and Anya Tanpinco, for the start of the event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc., organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.