THREE leg winners, eight Thai aces and a top local bets including 10 amateurs battle in the P500,000 Manila Southwoods Ladies Classic teeing off on Tuesday at Southwoods’ Legends course in Carmona, Cavite.
Sherwood leg winner Sarah Ababa, Luisita champion Cristina Corpus and Korean amateur Hwang Min Jeong, who humbled the pro field at Malarayat, head the cast in the eighth and final leg of the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.
“With too many foreign players, it will be tough but I’ll fight to the finish and hopefully, I’ll win again,” said Ababa, who will start with Thailand’s Saraport Chamchoi and Filipina amateur Annika Cedo.
Corpus will start with Lucy Landicho and Korean amateur Koh Eu Na.
Hwang, a Grade 9 student at Holy Infant School in Muntinlupa City, has been grouped with Chihiro Ikeda and Sylvia Torres.
Chamchoi is hoping to nail the elusive win after finishing third twice, at Wack Wack and Luisita legs of the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Other Thai players expect to figure in the battle for the top P100,000 purse are Sarauttaya Ngam-usawan, Mookharin Ladgratok, Wannasiri Sirisampant, Jaruporn Palakawongnaayuttawa, Chayuda Singhsuwan, Chattarat Chatwarrarat and Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang.
Also expected to contend for the crown are national team mainstay and club bets Yuka Saso and Cedo, along with amateurs Alex Etter, Koh Eu na, also of Korea, Ashia Nocum, Isabela Miravite, Laia Barro, Annika Guangko, Sam Martirez and Kayla Nocum.
Former leg winner Jayvie Agojo is also raring to rebound from a string of poor finishes along with Anya Tanpinco, Lina de Guzman, Apple Fudolin, Lovelyn Guioguio, Tracy Que, Heidi Chua, Majorie Pulumbarit, Eva Miñoza and England’s Sarah Henderson in the tournament sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.