PAULINE del Rosario braces for a tough outing against a slew of seasoned rivals, seeking to cap a sterling rookie season with another victory in the ICTSI South Forbes Ladies Invitational firing off on Tuesday at the South Forbes Golf Club in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
The 19-year-old rising star expects an uphill battle in the next three days with a field featuring three of the country’s leading players plus a foreign rivals out to foil the locals’ bid in the P750,000 event capping a record 11-stage Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.
“We have a good field so whoever hits it more consistently will fare well,” said del Rosario, who scored her maiden pro win in her fourth tournament at Orchard then followed it up with victories in Baguio, Pradera Verde and Splendido.
Del Rosario also ruled a Taiwan tour event last September.
The teen pro believes LPGA and Symetra Tour campaigners Dottie Ardina, Cyna Rodriguez and Princess Superal are the players to beat on the short but tricky par-67 course.
“It’s super up-and-down, so you have to be accurate with your shots, especially irons and putting,” said del Rosario
Ardina hopes to make the most of her rare stint on the local circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. while Rodriguez and Superal are out to atone for their so-so showing in the last LPGT leg dominated by the Thais at The Country Club.
Chonlada Chayanun, joint second in Thailand’s sweep of the Philippine Ladies Masters two weeks ago, are in the field along with Jaruporn Palakong Naayuttaya, Sarinee Thitiratanakorn and Yupaporn Kawinpakorn.
Also in the hunt for the crown in the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf are Ayaka Morimitsu of Japan, Luisita leg winner Euna Koh of South Korea, Laia Barro and Sam Dizon of The Country Club, Kristine Torralba and siblings Nikki and Sam Bruce and Korea’s Baek Yeun Jea.