CLUB bet Tom Kim of Korea banners the international field battling for honors in the Philippine Amateur Open Golf Championship starting on Jan. 4 at Riviera Golf Club’s Couples Course in Silang, Cavite.
The entry list already has 116 players, with 84 in the men’s side. Players from the Philippines, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Canada and the are US seeing action.
Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana, who beat Kim by seven to top last year’s tournament, won’t be around to defend the crown but the field remains loaded.
Paolo Wong and Don Petil head the local challenge, looking to sustain the momentum of their five-shot romp in the National Doubles Championship.
Former champion Rupert Zaragosa, Northern Luzon Regional champion Aidric Chan and Weiwei Gao are also tipped to contend for the crown.
Kim Dong Hyun and Lim Su Min of Korea, Malaysians Muhammad Afif Mohd Fathi and Rhaasrikanesh A/L Kanavathi, and Brandon Han, Donovan Lee, Sean Lee and Jeryl Tan of Singapore are also competing.
The women’s side features Harmie Constantino, Lois Go, Clare Legaspi, Sofia Legaspi and Junia Gabasa with players from Canada, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam vying for honors.
Team The Country Club spearhead Mikha Fortuna is also expected to figure in the title race, her confidence boosted by her victory in the Malaysia Junior Open early December, along with Nicole Abelar, Annika Cedo, Laurea Duque, Annika Guangko, Felicia Medalla, Kayla Nocum and Kristine Torralba.
The foreign players in the tournament sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines and held as part of the PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour are led by Thailand’s Tunrada Piddon, last year’s runner-up Kim Hee Ji and fellow Korean Hwang Min Jeong, who has won a tournament in the country’s premier ladies pro tour.