THIRTEEN players from Thailand go for the title in the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour crown in the ICTSI Mount Malarayat Ladies Classic starting on Tuesday.
Former LPGT leg winner Amolkan Phalajivin, young Onkanok Soisuwan, Jaruporn P Na Ayuttaya, Sarinee Thitiratanakorn and Piyathida Sangkagaro head the Thais’ bid in the P1.25 million tournament serving as the eighth leg of this year’s LPGT.
Thais have won three of the first seven stops in the LPGT, with topping the leg at Luisita.
TIranan Yoopan, who has had a number of near-misses in the circuit, looks to finally score a wi, while also seeing action in the 54-hole championship sponsored by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. along with Kanokwan Yospark, Goonlacha Paiboonpong, Paphada Wongwaikihphaisal, Pattraporn Kraturuk, Pimpadsron Sangkagaro, Pannapa Polnamin and Chommapat Ponthanarak.
Leading the local charge is three-time LPGA Order of Merit winner Cyna Rodriguez, who lost to Pattaranakrueang in a three-hole playoff at Luisita.
Chihiro Ikeda, winner at LPGT Riviera last February but whose next campaigns were hampered by a wrist injury, is also raring to bounce back in top shape along with former leg winner Sarah Ababa, Lucy Landicho, Gretchen Villacencio, Apple Fudolin, Marvi Monsalve, Anya Tanpinco and Eva Miñoza.
Lisa Kang of the US and Korea’s Choeun Bang are the other foreign entries vying for top honors in the event.
Focus will also be on Alex Etter, who posted a strong runner-up finish with Jet Mathay in the Delimondo National Pro-am two weeks ago.