ANGELO Que hopes to finally end the slump as he sees action in the P3.5 million ICTSI Manila Masters teeing off Tuesday at Eastridge Golf Club in Binangonan, Rizal.
Que, a three-time winner on the Asian Tour and former Philippine Open champion, had a fine start in the Orchard Golf Championships at his home course two weeks ago but struggled in the weekend play and wound up in 20th place after rounds of 67-6971-76.
“I will try to bounce back and recover but the field is strong since everybody is here. So it will be a big challenge,” said Que.
Also vying for the P650,000 top prize put up by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. are Tony Lascuna, Charles Hong, Elmer Salvador, Rufino Bayron, Jay Bayron and Jun Rates, who have all won Philippine Golf Tour events this year.
Frankie MInoza, also in search of a first win this year after racking up three victories last season, is also in the field along with Miguel Tabuena, Cassius Casas, veteran Robert Pactolerin, Jhonnel Ababa, Ferdie Aunzo, Michael BIbat, Marvin Dumandan, Mhark Fernando, Zanieboy Gialon, James Ryan Lam, Clyde Mondilla, Rey Pagunsan, Gerald Rosales, Carl Santos-Ocampo, Mars Pucay, and teen pro Micah Shin.
Manila-based Canadian Rick Gibson, meanwhile, heads the foreign challenge in the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. Also playing are Dutchman Guido Van der Valk and Korea’s Kim Chang Hoi, Kim Dae Nyeon, Mun Jae Hyung, Park Jin Hyeon and Park Jun Song.
The leading pros test the par-72 layout in Monday’s pro-am tournament where they will be grouped with the amateur-guests of the event’s chief backers including Nike Golf, Pacsports, Srixon, FootJoy, It’s More Fun in the Philippines, Callaway, Mizuno, Custom Clubmakers, Titleist, Sharp and KZG with Balls Channel, Inquirer Golf and ABS-CBN Sports+Action as media partners.