SYMETRA Tour campaigners Dottie Ardina, Cyna Rodriguez and Princess Superal see action in the ICTSI Beverly Place Ladies Classic starting on Tuesday, all fired-up for a victory that has eluded the country’s leading players in recent tournaments of the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.
Ardina has stressed the need for a strong finishing kick as she leads the locals’ bid to stop the Thais, who swept the last two legs of last year’s edition of the country’s premier ladies circuit sponsored by ICTSI.
The Thais also took the top cash prize in last week’s Ayala Greenfield, as Fil-Japanese amateur Yuka Saso won the tournament, with Ploychompoo Wilairrungrueng as the top pro.
Wilairrungrueng and Del Rosario won’t play in the LPGT this week as they see action in the Taiwan LPGA season opener.
South Forbes leg winner Yupaporn Kawinpakorn and Tiranan Yoopan lead the Thailand squad that also includes Alisara Wedchakama, Ananya Vitayakonkomol, Aunchisa Utama, Chitawadee Duangchan, Hathaikarn Wongwaikijphaisal, Jaruporn P Na Ayutthaya, Pimpadsorn Sangkagaro and Sarinee Thitiratanakorn.
“At Greenfield, I struggled in the last four holes as I kind of relaxed a bit, so I need to come up with a stronger finish,” said Ardina, also a conditional player on the LPGA Tour.
“But we have made the necessary adjustments over the weekend.”
Though she missed the Top 10 in last week’s event, Superal also exudes confidence in the battle for the top prize of P150,000.
“My game actually improved in the last two days at Greenfield and I hope to sustain it,” said Superal, who has won on the local circuit as an amateur and as a pro.
“But I still have to fix and fine-tune some aspects of my game and hopefully, I can recall my form this week.”
Others seeing action in the second leg of the new season are last year’s Luisita leg winner Euna Koh of Korea, South Africa’s Madeleen Grosskopf and locals Anya Tanpinco, Apple Fudolin and former leg winners Chihio Ikeda and Sarah Ababa.