SOME of the best female shotmakers in the country vie for honors but focus will be on Dottie Ardina and Chihiro Ikeda when the second leg of the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour gets going on Tuesday at the Canlubang Golf and Country Club in Laguna.
Ardina edged amateur Princess Superal to rule the kickoff leg of the first-ever women’s pro tour last month at The Country Club.
Ikeda, a former Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, is taking a break from her campaign in Japan to see action on the local tour for the first time.
Ardina a former top amateur player knows Ikeda’s strengths, but believes it will be tough for everyone this time at Canlubang’s North course.
“She (Ikeda) hits longer and she can beat me,” said Ardina, one of the country’s most decorated amateur players. “But she’ll have a difficult time.”
“This will all boil down to course management,” she added.
Former Philippine Ladies Open champion Jayvie Agojo, Lovelynn Guioguio, Sarah Ababa and Anya Tanpinco are seeing action along with Apple Fudolin, Lucy Landicho, Lina de Guzman and Reb Bareng.
Superal and first leg third placer Cyna Rodriguez are skipping the event as they play a series of tournament in the US.
Also tipped to spoil the pros’ title bid in the second leg of the circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. are amateur sisters Nikki, 15, and Sam Bruce, 12, who upstaged the veterans by posting a 1-2 finish in the LPGT qualifiers held at the adjacent South layout.
Also vying for honors in the P500,000 event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Gatorade, Sharp and Custom Clubmakers are former Philippine Ladies Open champion Heidi Chua, Eva Miñoza, Sylvia Torres and Tracy Que along with amateurs Bernice Ilas, Harmie Constantino, Yuka Sasu, Pauline del Rosario and Sofia Chabon of the ICTSI golf squad.