ZANIE Boy Gialon hopes to snap out of a slump as he rejoins the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour on the penultimate leg to defend the ICTSI Canlubang Golf Invitational crown beginning Wednesday at Cangolf’s North course in Laguna.
Gialon had an impressive rookie season last year, winning twice, including this stage but had a struggling campaign this year with so-so finishes including a 20th place effort at Splendido and a missed cut in the Macau Open, both last month.
But he hopes to make a big turnaround in this week’s P1 million event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., where he hopes to re-discover the form that netted him a three-stroke victory over Elmer Saban last year.
“I just hope to finally put it all together this week. My ball striking is quite okay but I’ve struggled with my irons and putting,” said Gialon, third place in last year’s Order of Merit.
But with no top five finish this year, Gialon finds himself languishing in 36th place with just two legs left in the 15-stage circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Gialon will be facing a slew of equally title hungry rivals including Jhonnel Ababa, Cassius Casas, Ferdie Aunzo, Jessie Balasabas, Rufino Bayron, Dante Becierra, Anthony Fernando, Charles Hong, Rey Pagunsan, Gerald Rosales, Richard Sinfuego and Saban, ensuring a spirited chase for the top P200,000 purse in the 54-hole tournament.
Mars Pucay is also in the fold along with Artemio Murakami, winner of the 2011 edition.
The leading pros get the chance to test the long, challenging par-72 layout in Tuesday’s tradition pro-am tournament as they team up with the amateur players from the event’s sponsors and chief backers.
Meanwhile, the circuit winds up Nov. 20-23 with the P2.5 million ICTSI Wack Wack Championship. The country’s top players led by Order of Merit champion Tony Lascuna and Angelo Que expected to vie for the top prize of P450,000 in the finale of the series backed by Nike Golf, Srixon, Custom Clubmakers, Pacsports, Cleveland Golf, Callaway, Ping, Mizuno, Empire Golf and Sports Shop, FootJoy, Titleist, Sharp, BMW and Gergia Energy Foods.