CYNA Rodriguez vows a big fightback by the local bets as she spearheads the Filipinas’ charge against a tough foreign field in the ICTSI Wack Wack Ladies Invitational firing off on at Wack Wack’s West course in Mandaluyong City.
Wichanee Meechai and Walailak Satarak posted a 1-2 finish for Thailand at Splendido in Tagaytay three weeks ago, and twice money list topnotcher Rodriguez is aching to get back.
“I guess it’s time to make a move now and be a winner and not let foreigners take over again,” said Rodriguez, seventh at Splendido.
Boosting the local roster is the ICTSI-The Country Club amateur squad, led by reigning US Girls Junior champion Princess Superal with Pauline del Rosario, Mika Fortuna and Bernice Olivarez-Ilas.
“I’m confident this week although I won’t push too much,” said Superal, who has racked up three victories abroad this early in the season. “I will use also this tournament as part of my training for the Queen Sirikit Cup next month.”
Del Rosario and Fortuna are also coming into the event oozing confidence following their sweep of Sportexcel Junior plums in Malaysia last week.
Other amateurs seeing action in the event, the third leg of an eight-stage circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., are Nikki Bruce and Koreans Lee Min Kyung and Hwang Min Jeong.
Meechai is looking to score another win after her record 15-shot romp at Splendido, while also eager to grab the spotlight are Saraporn Chamchoi, Mookharin Ladgratok, Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang, Pennapa Pulsawath, Hathaikarn Wongwaikijphaisal, Tiranan Yoopan and Amolkan Phalajivin.
Sarah Ababa, joint second at Splendido, is also vying for top honors along with former Philippine Ladies open winner Jayvie Agojo, former SEA Games gold medalist Chihiro Ikeda, Anya Tanpinco and Lovelynn Guioguio.