AN early shootout among the top guns looms as the US$80,000 ICTSI Philippine Ladies Masters tees off on Wednesday at the Alabang Country Club.
Taiwan LPGA Tour money leader Lin Tzu-Chi will start with Fil-Am former LPGA Tour campaigner Demi Runas and Thai ace Chorphaka Jaengkit.
Dottie Ardina, who had conditional status on the LPGA Tour next season, has been drawn to play Yeh Hsin-Ning of Taiwan and Thailand’s Saraporn Chamchoi.
Korea’s Lee Jeong-Hwa, seeking a sweep of the three ICTSI Ladies Philippine Tour and Taiwan LPGA Tour co-sanctioned events after ruling the Spendido and Southwoods legs last March, starts with Luisita leg winner Cristina Corpus and Taiwan’s Lee Chia-Pei.
Former three-time LPGT top earner Cyna Rodriguez tees off with Taiwan’s Huang Szu-Hsuan and Dussavi Soppimjit of Thailand.
“No one holds an advantage here. The course looks easy but trouble lurks in every corner so we have to be focused,” said Ardina, who missed gaining a full LPGA Tour card with a joint 21st finish in the LPGA Q-School Final Stage.
Focus will also be on the group featuring Princess Superal, top amateur Yuka Saso and Thailand’s Pattaraporn Mounchoo.
“With its tight fairways, the course requires precision shots. Some fairways are tight and we have to be wary of the trees,” said Superal, who is preparing to see action next year’s on the Symetra Tour.
54-hole championship sponsored by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. in cooperation with the TLPGA.
Pauline Del Rosario, winner of two events in Malaysia and one in Singapore the past four weeks, will start with Malaysia’s Dianne Luke and Thailand’s Pakpring Duangchan.
Hwang Min-Jeong, the Korean winner at Mt. Malarayat last year, has been drawn to play Taiwan’s I-An Chen and Michelle Low of Malaysia.
National champion Harmie Constantino, winner at Mt. Malarayat this year, is grouped with Orchard leg winner Chihiro Ikeda and Shareen Lai of Malaysia in the tournament backed by Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Sharp, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Champion, TaylorMade, Ping, Yamaha and Pacsports.