Matthew Abalos teams with Kristine Torralba in National Doubles Amateur Golf Championship

MATTHEW Abalos moves up to play against some of the best amateur players as he teams up with Kristine Torralba in the National Doubles Amateur Golf Championship firing off on Wednesday at Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club in Quezon City.

Abalos is seeing action in the top division after winning with Don Petil in Group II last year.

Torralba bagged the low amateur honors in the ICTSI South Forbes Invitational of the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.

They will try to beat 18 other teams in the seventh staging of the annual season-ending championship organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.

Heading the cast are many-time national champion Rupert Zaragosa, who will be teaming up with Adrian Romero; former pro Eddie Bagtas, who will be with son Leandro; national mainstay Harmie Constantino, who will partner with Joseph Orbito; and sisters Nikki and Sam Bruce.

Petil will now play with with Paolo Wong, while also seeing action are Aldo Barro and Paqo Barro, Dan Cruz and Luis Guerrero, Santino Diokno and Miguel Roque, Carlo Gatmaytan and Rocky Brobio, and the Annika Guangko-David Guangko team.

GJ Katigbak is playing with Mike Kim, while also in the field are Clare Legaspi and Felicia Medalla, Sofia Legaspi and Mariel Tee, Aniceto Mandanas and Carlo Quimson, Sean Ramos and Jed Dy, while Sunshine Zhang has teamed with Laurea Duque.

Top amateur players are also using the PLDT Group National Amateur Tour event as preparation for the Philippine Amateur Golf Championship slated Jan. 4 to 7 at Riviera Golf Club’s Couples course in Silang, Cavite.

The first day is four-ball (best ball) before plays shifts to aggregate in the second day, and two-ball in the finals round.

Ticzon teams up with Allan Crisostomo in Group II (handicap of 4.1 and above) against Guilbert Purcia IV and Guilbert Purcia Sr., Rald Sarmiento and Masaichi Otake, and Jose Wenceslao and Lido De Guzman, among others.

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