THE Ladies Philippine Golf Tour launches its new season on Wednesday with top local shotmakers and a number of players from Thailand battling for top honors in the ICTSI Ayala Greenfield Ladies Challenge in Calamba, Laguna.
Symetra Tour campaigners Dottie Ardina, Cyna Rodriguez and Princess Superal look to finish strong after the Thais dominated the 2017 season ender at South Forbes two weeks ago.
LPGT top money earner Pauline del Rosario is also raring to rebound from a mediocre showing at South Forbes.
Del Rosario racked up four victories in her rookie campaign in the record 11-leg circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. but struggled with poor health and form in the final tournament, placing 10th.
Former LPGT leg winners Saruttaya Ngam-usawan and Wannasiri Sirisampant are seeing action along Chonlada Chayanun, eyeing her first win after back-to-back runner-up finishes.
Others in the field are Numa Gulyanamitta, Pakpring Duangchan, Chitawadee Duangchan, Hathaikarn Wongwaikijphaisal, Jaruporn P Na Ayuttaya, Ploychompoo Wilairungrueng, Punpaka Phuntumabamrung, Saraporn Chamchoi, Sarinee Thitiratanakorn, Supakchaya Pattaranakrueng, Thanuttra Boonraksasat and Tiranan Yoopan.
Others vying in the 54-hole championship backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf are former leg champions Chihiro Ikeda and Sarah Ababa along with Anya Tanpinco, Apple Fudolin, last year’s Luisita stage champion Euna Koh of Korea and South African Madeleen Grosskoph.