THE Philippine Golf Tour season is set to start on Wednesday but pro-bound Jobim Carlos will be teeing off on Tuesday with the amateurs in the 21st W Express RVF Cup Amateur Golf Championship at Canlubang Golf and Country Club in Laguna.
Princess Superal heads the cast in the women’s side of the event set at the North Course.
Carlos, who has passed the qualifying tournaments in the Philippine Golf Tour and Asian Tour, has opted to delay his stint in the pros to anchor Canlubang in the PAL Interclub late this month.
The reigning national stroke play champion faces a tough international field including Cangolf teammate Rupert Zaragosa and Interclub rivals Ira Alido and Justin Quiban of Manila Southwoods, Weiwei Gao, Kristoffer Arevalo, Carlo Villaroman, Aidric Chan, Aniceto Mandanas, Jolo Magcalayo and Japan’s Ryu Yasuma and Koji Yasuma.
Park Min Ung, a former Philippine Junior champion, is also among the players to watch while fellow Korean players from Riviera are also seeing action in the 72-hole championship including Kang Dong Guk, Jeong Hwi Gyeong, Lee Geon, Jun John and Ji Sung Gun.
Japan’s Yuto Katsuragawa, a multiple winner in the amateur side of the ICTSI PGT, is also participating along with Jay-R Salahog, Luigi Guerrero, Carl Corpus and Luis Castro.
Superal, former US Girls’ Junior titlist and multiple winner on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, int eh top favorite in the women’s side that features The Country Club teammates Sam Martirez, Kayla Nocum, Mikha Fortuna and Bernice Olivarez-Ilas.
Reigning national stroke play champion Harmie Constantino is also in the field along with Thailand Junior championship winner Yuka Saso, Ashia Nocum, Junia Gabasa, Jona Magcalayo, Weifang Gao and Sofia Legaspi.
Others seeing action are Koreans Jang Yun Ji, Kang Da Yun, Koh Euh A and Hwang Min Jeong from Riviera, Indonesia’s Rivani Sihotang and local bets Sofia Legaspi from Southwoods, Mae Canto from Eastridge and Tomita Arejola from Aguinaldo in the tournament sponsored by W Express and held in honor of the late golf patron Rod Feliciano, who also served as president of the organizing National Golf Association of the Philippines, backed by the MVP Sports Foundation, Smart, PLDT and Metro Pacific Investment Corp. and Cangolf, and held as part of the PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour.