DOTTIE Ardina and Mia Piccio signed up for the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour’s Duel 2 – North vs South, hoping to make an impact and help steer their respective squads to victory in the Ryder Cup-style event teeing off on Tuesday at the South Links Golf Club in Las Piñas.
Ardina backstops the talent-laden Team North while Piccio anchors the South squad which won the inaugural staging of the event last year.
With Ardina in the team, the Northerners are confident of evening things up with their Southern rivals although the defending champions hope to spring another surprise and frustrate their counterparts for the second straight year.
Team North dominated the fourballs and foursomes formats but South won five singles matches to win the meet, 9-7, at Canlubang’s South course.
Ardina and Piccio fell short of their LPGA bids two weeks ago but are fancied to inspire their respective teams in the LPGT’s yearend event.
Jayvie Agojo, winner of the Riviera leg of this year’s ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, and Lina de Guzman open Team North’s bid in the fourball against South’s Lovelynn Guioguio and Eva Minoza at 7:30 a.m.
Ardina and Marjorie Pulumbarit take on the South pair of Anya Tanpinco and Tracy Que at 7:40 a.m.
Former Philippine Ladies Open champion Heidi Chua and Lucy Landicho face the South’s Chihiro Ikeda and Sarah Ababa at 7:50 a.m.
Cyna Rodriguez, winner of five legs of this year’s LPGT season, and Mary Grace Estuesta, also a former Philippine Ladies Open winner, battle Piccio and Apple Fudolin at 8 a.m.
Eight singles matches are set on the final day of the event put up by International Container Terminal Services Inc., organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc. and backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.