A FORMAT change present a tough challenge to team captains in the 2016 PAL Ladies Interclub next month at Camp John Hay in Baguio.
The ladies tournament teeing off on Oct. 4 is now using the same pattern as the Seniors event, set over four days with each player allowed to play only two rounds.
Eight players make up a team and four will play in a day with only the top three scores counting.
Manila Southwoods-Masters shoots to extend its reign in the centerpiece Championship Division to six years.
Pauline del Rosario will be spearheading Southwoods-Masters, which will miss the services of last year’s individual champion Abegail Arevalo, who is focusing on her studies at San Jose State University in California.
Teenage golfers Mikhaela Fortuna and Sofia Chabon are the other big guns playing for SW-Masters. The others in the roster are Annika Guangko, Claire Ong, Andrea Pineda, Serafina Kim and the veteran Lora Roberto.
Cebu Country Club and Del Monte will again try to unseat the Carmona-based lasses, with Cebu CC also to miss the services of its top performer last year, Lois Kaye Go, who is also in the US on a golf scholarship.
Cebu CC will be bannered by sisters Irina and Junia Gabasa and Japanese nationals Riko and Ryoko Nagai.
Mary Kim Hong, Catrina Martinez, Jyra Mae Wong and Crystal Faith Superal-Neri complete the Cebu CC roster.
A total of 32 teams will be seeing action in four divisions including the Founders, Sportswriters and Friendship brackets of the event backed by Solar Entertainment Corp., Airbus, Business Mirror, Mareco Broadcasting Network, People Asia and Manila Broadcasting Corp. Other backers are Philippine Daily Inquirer, Fonterra, Mega Fiber, Mastercard, Tanduay Distillers and Zalora.