ALL eyes are on Pauline del Rosario as she goes for a second straight title on the LPGT in the Baguio Ladies Classic firing off on Wednesday.
After a five-stroke romp at Orchard early in the month, Del Rosario placed sixth finish in the Thailand LPGA last week.
The P1 million Baguio Ladies Classic is the fifth leg of the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.
“I’m confident of my chances in Baguio, especially with the way I’m playing now,” said Del Rosario before motoring up north to headline the compact field in the 54-hole championship.
The former Philippine Ladies Open champion says the par-61 layout also poses as a big challenge to the field.
“It’s short but it’s a tough course. I haven’t played BCC for quite some time but I still believe I can contend there and a back-to-back win is a big possibility,” said the 19-year-old shotmaker, who beat amateur Eagle Ace Superal by five at Orchard to end a couple of heartbreak runner-up finishes in her rookie season.
The event also serves as a tune-up for Del Rosario, who is set to compete in the European Thai Ladies Professional event from July 5 to 9 as part of the top 5 in the Thailand LPGA Tour Order of Merit.
Out to foil Del Rosario’s back-to-back title bid are six Thais headed by Tiranan Yoopan, Chatprapa Siriprakob, Ananya Vitayakonkomol, Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang, Chayuda Singhsuwan and Numa Gulyanamitta, along with former leg winners Chihiro Ikeda, Sarah Ababa and Fil-Am Cristina Corpus.
Others vying for the top prize of P250,000 are Korean Choi Soo, Apple Fudolin, Eva Miñoza, Lucy Landicho, Sheryl Villasencio, Sylvia Torres and Jan Punzalan along with amateurs Grechen Villacencio and Rev Alcantara in the tournament put up by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc and backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.