The ICTSI Pradera Verde Ladies Classic gets under way on Tuesday featuring three of the country’s top female shotmakers at the Pradera Verde Golf and Country Club in Lubao, Pampanga.
Symetra Tour campaigners Princess Superal and Cyna Rodriguez are set to see action along with Pauline del Rosario at the long but flat par-72 layout.
Chihiro Ikeda and top amateur Sofia Chabon are also in the field for the in the seventh leg of the ladies circuit.
Superal and Rodriguez are on a break from the US circuit.
“If Ces or Cyna are the favorites, it’s fine with me. It actually takes the pressure off me. But I’ll be there to take care of what I need to do to win, too,” said Del Rosario, who also hurdled the first stage of the Korean LPGA International Qualifying Tournament with a strong runner-up effort recently.
Thailand’s Sarinee Thitiratanakorn and Tiranan Yoopan are also in the hunt along with Korea’s Euna Koh, winner of the ICTSI Luisita Challenge last April, and former leg champion Sarah Ababa and amateur Bernice Olivarez-Ilas, also a former LPGT leg winner.
Rodriguez was drawn to start with Thitiratanakorn and Ilas, while Superal plays the first round with Yoopan and 12-year-old amateur golfer Annyka Cayabyab.
Majorie Pulumbarit, Apple Fudolin, Sylvia Tores, Jan Punzalan, Gretchen Villacencio, Lucy Landicho Sheryl Villasencio and amateurs Kinjo Mana of Japan, Sheila Ward, Jonah Ilagan, Marianne Bustos, Samantha Dizon and Laia Barro and Mafy Singson of Team The Country Club are also vying for honors in the event sponsored by ICTSI and backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.