DOTTIE Ardina rejoins the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, headlining the compact but tough field in the ICTSI South Forbes Ladies Invitational which gets going on Tuesday at the South Forbes Golf Club.
Ardina, who spent the season playing in the Symetra Tour and LPGA, gears up for a fierce showdown with the likes of Symetra Tour campaigners Cyna Rodriguez and Princess Superal and the current toast of LPGT Pauline del Rosario in the 54-hole championship capping the record 11-stage circuit put up by ICTSI.
Four golfers from Thailand are out to spoil the local shotmakers’ bid, including Chonlada Chayanun, who finished joint second in a strong Thai 1-2-3 finish in the Philippine Ladies Masters at The Country Club two weeks ago.
Also tipped to contend for the crown are Jaruporn Palakong Naayuttaya, Sarinee Thitiratanakorn and Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, along with Ayaka Morimitsu of Japan, and this year’s Luisita leg winner Euna Koh of South Korea.
Former Philippine Ladies Open champion Mary Grace Estuesta is also taking time out from her busy schedule to vie for honors in the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. that also features recent Forest Hills stage champion Chihiro Ikeda, former leg winner Sarah Ababa, Apple Fudolin, Jan Punzalan and Marvi Monsalve.
Korean amateur Hwang Min-jeong, who placed fourth and nipped Yuka Saso for the low amateur honors in the Phl Ladies Masters, is also in the fold, seeking another LPGT win after humbling Superal and Rodriguez at Mt. Malarayat in 2015.
Other amateurs seeing action in the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf are Laia Barro and Sam Dizon of The Country Club, Kristine Torralba and siblings Nikki and Sam Bruce.