DOTTIE Ardina hopes to build some momentum for her LPGA Tour campaign as she shoots for the crown in the ICTSI Beverly Place Ladies Classic set to unwrap on Wednesday at the Beverly Place Golf Club in Mexico, Pampanga.
Ardina played Pradera Verde in December, finishing a distant third despite coming into the event brimming with confidence following her clinching of a full LPGA card.
She will be up against one of the strongest casts ever assembled in an LPGT event, led by a strong Thai contingent.
Though Yupaporn Kawinpakorn won’t be around to defend the crown, seeing action are Wannasiri Sirisampant, Saraporn Chamchoi, Mookharin Ladgratok, Saruttaya Ngam-usawan and Tiranan Yoopan.
Two-time LPGT Champion Tour winner Lee Jeong Hwa of Korea is also in the field together with compatriot Lee Ji Hyeon, who surprised the elite field in the ICTSI Camp John Hay Ladies Championship in October, which also served as the kickoff leg of the new LPGT season.
Ardina also battles a talent-loaded local cast led by Princess Superal, Pauline del Rosario, Cyna Rodriguez and Chihiro Ikeda in the P750,000 event backed by Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, K&G Golf Apparel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Empire Golf and Sports and M.Y. Shokai Technology, Inc.
Action is expected to be fierce with only the top 15 plus ties from among the 40 starters advancing to the final round of the 54-hole tournament that also drew amateurs Mafy Singson, Samantha Dizon, Eagle Ace Superal and Arnie Taguines of The Country Club along with Laurea Duque and Marianne Bustos.