RUPERT Zaragosa partners with JP De Claro in what is considered as the team to beat as the NGAP’s fourth National Doubles championship presented by the MVP Sports Foundation tees off at Eastridge on Tuesday.
Zaragosa, the pint-sized product of Canlubang who, at 17 years old, has won numerous national singles titles, guns for another first in his career in tandem with De Claro at the ravine-laden layout in Binangonan, Rizal.
Miggy Yee and AR Ramos triumphed in the centerpiece Group I last year by a stroke over the Jonar Austria-GJ Katigbak tandem with a 305 total. The defending champions have yet to sign up this year.
Jed Dy and Ryan Monsalve won Group II and will be playing in the premier division this year. Monsalve, playing out of Southwoods, and Dy, who represented Ayala Alabang, tallied 333 points last season also at the Binangonan layout.
This will be the organizing National Golf Association of the Philippines’ final event for the year and it is supported by the PLDT Group Amateur Tour.
The three-day event will have teams playing two-ball foursome on Day 1, four-ball best ball in the second round and aggregate in the final day.
An interesting team to watch would be the Larry Patnongon-Jude Eustaquio combine, with Eustaquio seeing action in his first national amateur event ever since reverting back last year.
Jobim Carlos, who shares stellar billing with Zaragosa as the country’s premier amateur, was supposed to also be in the event with partner Inigo Raymundo.
But Raymundo went down with dengue on Friday, leaving Carlos, the MVPSF scolar at the University of San Francisco, still without a partner.