FIL-Am Demi Runas joins some of the top players in the Ladies Philipine Golf Tour and Taiwan LPGA Tour in the US$80,000 ICTSI Philippine Ladies Masters firing off on Wednesday at the Alabang Country Club.
Runas, who played on the LPGA this past season, is making her first stint on the local circuit. The 24-year-old shotmaker was born and raised in the US and traces her roots to La Union and Cavite.
Also seeing action is Korea’s Lee Jeong Hwa, who swept the first two legs of the Taiwan LPGA and ICTSI LPGT at Splendido and Southwoods last March.
Taiwan LPGA Order of Merit frontrunner Lin Tzu-chi is also in the field along with veteran Thai players and former LPGT winners Wannasiri Sirisampant Wannasiri Sirisampant, Saruttaya Ngam-usawan and Amolkan Phalajivin.
Dottie Ardina, who has conditional status in the LPGA this year, banners the local challenge along with Princess Superal, Mia Piccio and Cyna Rodriguez.
Runas and Rodriguez are set to see action in the Symetra Tour next year after falling short in the LPGA Q-School.
The 54-hole championship co-organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and TLPGA serves as the final leg of the Taiwan LPGA Tour and the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.
Out to steal the show from the pros is a bunch of amateurs, led by reigning World Junior Girls’ individual gold medalist Yuka Saso, national champion Harmie Constantino, who is also a member of that World Junior Girls champion squad and winner of the LPGT ICTSI Malarayat Ladies Classic last July.
Korean teen Hwang Min Jeong, who also beat the pros to win at Malarayat last year, ais also in the field along with Pauline del Rosario, who has won two events in Malaysia and one in Singapore.
The leading pros test the Alabang layout in Tuesday’s pro-am where they will be grouped with officials and guests of the event’s chief backers including Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Sharp, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Champion, TaylorMade, Ping, Yamaha and Pacsports.