LADIES Philippine Golf Tour campaigners Marvi Monsalve, Chihiro Ikeda, Gretchen Villacencio, Daniella Uy and Alex Etter are set to see action in the Delimondo National Pro-Am unfolding teeing off on Thursday at Splendido Taal Golf Club in Laurel, Batangas.
Monsalve, who tied for 13th last year with amateur standout Mikha Fortuna, has tapped a new partner in Laia Barro, one of the mainstays of Team The Country Club. Ikeda has linked up with top amateur Josh Jorge, while Villacencio teams up with Roger Dale in the 54-hole tournament.
Uy, a former Junior World champion, launches her bid with brother Lanz. Etter, who as an amateur placed second last year with Jet Mathay, now pins her hopes with Joey Solis in the tournament put up by ICTSI.
The male pros will use the black tee markers, while the lady pros will play from the white tees.
That should make the P2.7 million event doubly interesting with the rolling, wind-swept and hazard-laden layout providing a true test for the 106-team field under the alternate shot format.
The top 40 teams after 36 holes of stroke play of the will advance to the final round with the pro champion set to pocket P500,000 and the amateur winner to receive golf merchandise.
Uy placed second in the Royal Northwoods Classic two weeks ago, Ikeda finished joint fifth and Monsalve was seventh.
Jhonnel Ababa, Jay Bayron, Zanieboy Gialon, Tony Lascuña and Elmer Salvador lead the PGT players in the tournament sponsored by Delimondo.
Ababa will team up with Bobby Iñigo, Bayron with Mon Salazar, Gialon with Ian Dagatan, Lascuña with Moulay Rhounimi, and Salvador with Oliver Gan.
Tonlits Asistio and Judson Eustaquio, meanwhile, seek to reclaim the crown they won in 2017, while Jobim Carlos and DJ Padilla will not defend their title.
At least six female amateurs are also vying in the event, including Annyka Cayabyab, who will team up with Nico Evangelista. Mariel Tee is playing with Cookie La’O, Marianne Bustos is seeing action with James Ryan Lam, Bernice Olivarez-Ilas has teamed up with with Rafael Parra, Nicole Abelar is entered with Marcos Pastor, while Sunshine Zhang playing with Dino Villanueva.