CYNA Rodriguez and Princes Superal hope to build some momentum heading to their Symetra Tour campaign as they lead the title chase in the ICTSI Tagaytay Highlands Challenge beginning on Wednesday at the Tagaytay Highlands Golf and Country Club.
“I’m in top shape and playing with a high level of confidence,” said Rodriguez, who has trained and prepared hard for this tournament with a stint in Korea recently.
“I hope to win this one,” added the former three-time LPGT Order of Merit topnotcher.
Superal is also seeking to score another win in the circuit she used to dominate, even as an amateur, with the former US Girls Juniors champion putting premium on shotmaking and iron play given the condition of the course.
“The course is tough. Windy with tight fairways. But there’s a lot of names capable of winning this week but I’m confident and I hope to finally win again,” said Superal, who starts with Rodriguez and Thailand's Jaruporn P Na Ayuttaya.
While the two local aces are upbeat of their chances, Fil-Japanese Chihiro Ikeda has expressed guarded optimism, playing with a slight wrist injury as she goes for a follow-up to her victory at Eagle Ridge last month.
“There’s a slight tear in my wrist but I’ll do my best to win again,” said Ikeda, who will tee off with Thailand’s Amolkan Phalajivin and Korean amateur Rho Hyun Ji.
Tirapan Yoopan is also out to nail her first win in the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. with the Thai playing the first round with Eva Miñoza and amateur Bernice Ilas.
Other foreign bets seeing action are former leg winner Saruttaya Ngam-usawan, Numa Gulyanamitta, Sarinee Thitiratanakorn and Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang of Thailand, and amateurs Sharon Park of Canada, Lisa Kang of the US, and Bang Choeun, Kim Hui won and Jang Yun Ji of Korea.
Apple Fudolin is also seeing action along with Eva Miñoza, Gretchen Villacencio, Jan Punzalan, Lucy Landicho, Marvi Monsalve, Sarah Ababa, Sheryl Villasencio and Sylvia Torres in the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZGm PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.