Camp John Hay being set up to provide tough challenge in PAL Ladies Interclub
Focus is on Pauline del Rosario as Southwoods tries to stretch its streak to six. 

THE top female golfers will face a tough test as Camp John Hay Golf Club prepares to host the 2016 PAL Ladies Interclub starting Oct. 4 in Baguio City.

Tournament director Henry Arabelo will supervise the set-up of the well-manicured layout, a Jack Nicklaus-designed gem that is about 5,000 feet above sea level.

Playing as a par-69, the tournament will use the regular men’s tees, which will be just under 4,700 yards with pins to be placed strategically to ensure fairness and toughness at the same time, according to Arabelo.

Manila Southwoods-Masters will be shooting to win the centerpiece Championship Division a sixth straight time as Cebu Country Club tries again to stop the Carmona-based golfers.

Pauline del Rosario will be spearheading Southwoods Masters’ charge with Abby Arevalo taking a leave to focus on her studies in the US.

Arevalo, on a golfing scholarship at San Jose State, was the individual champion in Bacolod last year.

Sisters Irina and Junia Gabasa will be the main bets of Cebu CC, which will also be missing the services of ace Lois Kaye Go. Also on tap are competitions in the Founders, Sportswriters and Friendship Divisions.

Teams will be represented by four players each day, with only the top three scores to count and each player playing just two rounds over four days of the event backed by Solar Entertainment Corp., Airbus, Business Mirror, Mareco Broadcasting Network, People Asia and Manila Broadcasting Corp., Philippine Daily Inquirer, Fonterra, Mega Fiber, Mastercard, Tanduay Distillers and Zalora.

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