CYNA Rodriguez leads the local charge as top-caliber foreign parbusters from the Taiwan LPGA try to steal the show in the $75,000 ICTSI Ladies Open, which unwraps March 11 at Southlinks Golf Club in Las Pinas.
The Ladies Philippine Golf Tour event doubles as the fourth leg of the Taiwan ladies pro circuit, and the field will feature the leading shotmakers from Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.
But the Filipina ace remains hopeful of her title chances in the 54-hole tournament presented by Champion Infinity, vowing to dish out the same form that netted her four victories in last year’s eight-leg LPGT circuit – and a second straight Order of Merit crown.
“It’s a new year and a new challenge,” said Rodriguez, the former Philippine Ladies Open champion who has dominated the first two seasons of the country’s first-ever ladies pro tour. “I hope to be able to bring the same level of intensity this year which has been the key to my success.”
Seeing action are Tiffany Tavee and Cristina Corpuz of the US, Thailand’s Saraporn Chamchoi, Thanuttra Boonraksasat, Sarauttaya Ngam-usawan, Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul and Alisara Wedchakama and Taiwan’s Chen Szu-han, Chen I-wen, Yeh Hsin-ning, Lee Hsin, Hung Pei-wen, Liu Ching-ju, Weng Li-ting, Pan Yen-ling, Chou Yi-tsen, Chen Chih-min and Liang Yi-ling.
Yeji Oh, Gu Na-eun, Grace Lee, Hwang Ye-nah and Kang Ji-won make up the Korean contingent in the event backed by by Nike, Sharp and Custom Clubmakers.
Thailand’s Amolkan Phalajivin, who broke Rodriguez’s streak and scored a breakthrough win at LPGT Splendido, has also been invited to the event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc., along with fellow Thais Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang, Hathaikarn Wongkaikijphaisal, Kurika Jang and Piyathida Ployumsri.
Others invitees are Sarah Henderson of Great Britain, Malaysia’s Ainil Bakar, Singapore’s Christabel Goh and amateur Jen Goh.
Joining Rodriguez in the local roster are LPGT leg winner Jayvie Agojo, former SEA Games gold medalist Chihiro Ikeda, Lovelynn Guioguio, Sarah Ababa, Eva Minoza, Majorie Pulumbarit, Anya Tanpinco, Lina de Guzman, Heidi Chua, Tracy Que, Lucy Landicho, Jan Punzalan, Apple Fudolin, Sylvia Torres and Heidi Chua.