ONE hundred thirty two players from at least 20 countries gear up for four days of battle for at least 40 spots in the Philippine Golf Tour Asia.
The qualifying tournament starts on Wednesday at the Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac, with 26 Thais and 17 Australians heading the field along with 30 Filipinos.
The region’s newest circuit sponsored by ICTSI offers $100,000 prize fund per leg.
The second season of PGT Asia fires off April 17 at Luisita.
The top 40 plus ties from the qualifying tournament join the top 50 players from the inaugural PGTA Order of Merit led by Miguel Tabuena, and the top 30 from the Philippine Golf Tour money list.
From an eight-leg circuit, the organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. has added two more events this year.
The second leg is set at Riviera from May 30 to June 2, followed by the Manila Southwoods leg from June 6 to 9. Forest Hills hosts the fourth leg from July 18 to 21, while the fifth leg will be held on July 25-28 at a still unspecified venue.
Orchard will stage the next stop from Sept. 5 to 8 followed by the CAT Open back at Luisita from Sept. 11 to 14.
Action shifts back to the south for the eighth stop at Summit Point from Sept. 25 to 28, Mt. Malarayat from Oct. 2 to 5 before winding up at Wack Wack on Nov. 21 to 24.