PAULINE del Rosario can’t wait to get going after two months of training in the US while Princess Superal takes a break from the Japan LPGA Step Up Tour to headline the stellar cast in the ICTSI Pradera Ladies Classic unfolding on Wednesday at the Pradera Verde Golf and Country Club in Lubao, Pampanga.
Being part of the LPGA of Taiwan, the $80,000 event, one of the premier legs of the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, features not only the leading Taiwanese players but also shotmakers from Thailand, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
“My chances could be good if I could stick to what my coach and I have been working on the past two months,” said Del Rosario, who trained under coach Patrick Leahy, who used to handle Nancy Lopez and Tom Kite, in preparation for her LPGA Tour Qualifying School bid later this year.
Del Rosario romped to a 14-stroke win at Royal Northwoods in April but fell short of her back-to-back LPGT bid at Midlands, losing in a playoff to a resurgent Chihiro Ikeda in May.
Del Rosario, who racked up four victories in her rookie campaign in 2017 to emerge on top of the money list, looks to score another big win at home.
Superal is also eyeing a big win in her return after tying for 12th in the Route Inn Cup in Nagano Prefecture last month, her best effort thus far in the JLPGA Step Up Tour.
Thai ace Yupaporn Kawinpakorn is back to defend her title, whiel also seeing action are LPGT leg winners Onkanok Soisuwan and Supakchaya Pattanaranakrueang along with Alisara Wedchakama, Chatprapa Siriprakob and Tiranan Yoopan.
Amateur golfers Nicole Abelar, Sam Bruce, Tomi Arejola, Diana Araneta, Sam Martirez and Chanelle Avaricio are also vying in the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments. Inc. and backed by Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, K&G Golf Apparel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Empire Golf and Sports and M.Y. Shokai Technology, Inc.
Other pros in the fold are Alex Etter, Gretchen Villacencio, Marvi Monsalve, Pamela Mariano, Thais Chakansim Khamborn, Chitawadee Duangchan, Chommapat Pongthanarak, Chonnikam Chaiyasith, Chouvarest Chourkittisopon and Cristawan Rungruang, Koreans Dayun Kang Yeseul Lee and former leg winner Ye Nah Hwang, Dea Mahendra of Indonesia and Brunei’s Valerie Tan.