CHIHIRO Ikeda has been grouped with Apple Fudolin and Lucy Landicho, while Jayvie Agojo will start with Anya Tanpinco and Korean amateur Hwang Min Jeon in the morning as the P500,000 ICTSI Riviera Classic at tees off on Wednesday in Silang, Cavite.
Both chasing a breakthrough win in the second edition of the country’s first-ever ladies pro circuit, Ikeda and Agojo hope to come up with a strong start in the 54-hole championship serving as the second leg of the eight-stage circuit.
“This should be an interesting week. Everyone has a chance but as for me, I am so hungry for a win,” said Ikeda, the former SEA Games individual champion and former Philippine Ladies Open.
Cyna Rodriguez, who beat Agojo in the season opener at Orchard, is not seeing action.
“I’m training more frequently now and I hope it helps,” she said.
Agojo is hoping to finally end the string of runner-up finishes, looking for the win and the P100,000 top prize, while others are also hoping to score a breakthrough win.
“Yeah, it’s a wide-open race. Who knows? I might pick up my win here,” said former national team mainstay Anya Tanpinco.
Former Philippine Ladies Open winner Mary Grace Estuesta will tee off in the company of Lovelynn Guioguio and Reb Bareng, Tracy Que will start with Marjorie Pulumbarit and amateur Ashia Nocum, while Eva Minoza and Sarah Ababa have been grouped with amateur Vanessa Tsutsui in the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc., and backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.