DOTTIE Ardina has confirmed her participation in the ICTSI Philippine Ladies Masters, toughening up the already formidable roster competing in the $80,000 event beginning Dec. 21 at the Alabang Country Club.
Ardina, who has conditional status in the LPGA Tour next season after finishing tied for 21st in the Qualifying School, will see action against top players led by Korea’s Lee Jeong-hwa, winner at Splendido and Southwoods.
The 54-hole championship also serves as the final leg of the Taiwan LPGA Tour and Lee is going for a hat-trick of titles.
TLPGA Order of Merit leader Lin Tzu-chi is also playing in the tournament offering a top prize of US$17,000 (around P840,000).
Cyna Rodriguez, Chihiro Ikeda, Jayvie Agojo, Sarah Ababa and Princess Superal, a two-leg winner this year, are also part of the starting field of 93 including 53 from the Taiwan LPGA Tour and 11 amateurs.
Wannasiri Sirisampant, Saruttaya Ngam-usawan and Amolkan Phalajivin, all former LPGT winners, head the Thailand delegation that includes regular campaigners Saraporn Chamchoi, Walailak Satarak, Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang, Piyathida Ployumsri, Chatprapa Siriprakob, Chonticha Tonkaew and Kanpahnitnan Muangkhumsakul.
Hwang Ye-nah, who upstaged a star-studded international field at LPGT Southlinks last year, is also in the list, along with fellow Koreans Jang So-young, Euna Koh and So Un Kim, while Ai Asano and Mayumi Chinzei will try to become the first Japanese players to win on the LPGT.
Focus will also be on Demi Runas, a Fil-Am shotmaker who has been campaigning on the Symetra Tour along with Ardina and Mia Piccio. The 54-hole event is organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. sponsored by ICTSI and backed by Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Sharp, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Champion, TaylorMade, Ping, Yamaha and Pacsports.