SOME of the country’s best jungolfers and amateurs gear up for battle against players from Southeast Asian countries in a Ryder Cup-style format event set set Jan. 15 to 17 at the Pradera Golf Club in Lubao, Pampanga.
The Pradera Ladies Golf Challenge, a three-day event, will feature 10 players from each team.
Jungolfer Annyka Cayabyab will join Pauline del Rosario in the Philippine team against the Southeast Asian squad featuring players from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, headed by Thai star Attaya Thitikul.
Del Rosario, a former Thailand Ladies Amateur champion who strung up three victories in Malaysia and Singapore to close out her 2016 campaign, will anchor the host’s bid.
The Country Club mainstays Mikha Fortuna, Sofia Chabon, Bernice Ilas and Abby Arevalo, are also suiting up for the home team along with Mika Arroyo, Nicole Abelar, Tomi Arejola and Missy Legaspi.
“I’m so thrilled to be joining this event and I hope to play to my true potential and be able to help the team,” said Cayabyab, a St. Paul Pasig student who has won the Veritas Junior Golf and the Future Champions of Golf International in California.
Teams play alternate shot format in the morning and best ball in afternoon in the first and second days.
Ten singles matches are set on the final day.
Two-time LPGA Tour champion Jennifer Rosales will coach the team along with Chona de la Paz of The Junior Golfers League and Rolly Romero.
Thitikul, also a multi-titled young star from Ratchaburi, will spearhead Team SEA featuring fellow Thais Napabhach Boon-in, Tunrada Piddon, Onkanok Soisuwan and Kan Bunnabodee, Malaysians Qistina Balqis, Geraldine Wong, Natasha Oon and Winnie Ng and Michela Tjan of Indonesia with Dato Raby Abbas and Phunumpa Pornperan as coaches.
“This is going to be an exciting event. Never has there been a duel pitting the best young players in the region in a Ryder Cup-style format,” said Archen Cayabyab, who organized the event with Lubao Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab and swing coach Norman Sto. Domingo.
“We hope to institutionalize this event by holding it annually through the help of the Pradera Golf Club,” said Archen Cayabyab.