JAPAN Senior Open champion Frankie Miñoza has confirmed his participation in the in the ICTSI Classic teeing off on Wednesday at Mt. Malarayat in Lipa City, Batangas.
Miñoza is set to return to Manila on Tuesday after seeing action in The Senior Open at Royal Birkdale in England.
Winner of back-to-back Philippine Golf Tour events at Del Monte and Pueblo de Oro, the 53-year-old Miñoza will be rejoining the top local shotmakers after finishing joint 61st in The Senior Open.
Back on the local turf, Minoza is again tipped to contend for the crown and the top prize of $10,500 against a field featuring a number of foreign aces out to rebound from their setback in Cebu last week in the Aboitiz Invitational.
Elmer Salvador edged Angelo Que by one and won the Aboitiz Invitational crown for the second straight Year.
Carl Santos-Ocampo placed third to complete the Filipinos’ domination of the Asian Development Tour leg, with England’s Ian Keenan, Korean Park Il-Hwan and Dutch Guido Van der Valk finishing joint fourth.
Other foreign players seeing action in the ICTSI Classic, which serves as the ninth leg of both the ADT and the Philippine Golf Tour, are American Brian Locke, Canadian Lindsay Renolds and Peter Richardson of England.
Salvador moved up to No. 2 in the PGT Order of Merit with earnings of P842,956. Miguel Tabuena, winner at Sherwood and second at John Hay, is on top with P989,043.
Que, who dominated the Orchard Championship and placed third at Pueblo de Oro, has earnings of P837,546 for third. Tony Lascuna winner at Calatagan, has P814,597 for fourth place followed by Jay Bayron (P738,870), Santos-Ocampo (P549,832), Miñoza (P466,700), Michael Bibat (P441,254), Jhonnel Ababa (P411,970) and Edward Reyes (P411,849).
The leading pros test Mt. Malarayat layout in Tuesday’s pro-am tournament where they will be grouped with guests and officials of the event’s chief backers including Nike Golf, Srixon, Custom Clubmakers, Pacsports, Cleveland Golf, Callaway, Ping, Mizuno, Empire Golf and Sports Shop, FootJoy, Titleist, Sharp and BMW.