ALL is set for the PGT Asia Tour second leg – the ICTSI Splendido Classic – starting on Thursday at Taal Splendido Golf Club in Tagaytay.
The Filipinos dominated the kickoff leg at Manila Southwoods last month, with Miguel Tabuena and Angelo Que posting a 1-2 finish in the Aboitiz Invitational and Indonesian Ian Andrew ending up third.
With the three skipping this week’s event to see action abroad, veterans Tony Lascuña, Jay Bayron and Elmer Salvador and young gun Clyde Mondilla head the local bets while at least 48 foreign players vie for honors in the $100,000 event sponsored by ICTSI.
“We’ll try to make it two-in-row. We have the so-called homecourt edge but anything can happen at Splendido, especially if the wind come into play,” said Lascuña, winner of two legs on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour and ninth at Southwoods.
“I feel good now and hungry for a win. The key is a good start then I’ll take it from there,” said the ace Davaoeño shotmaker.
Michael Bibat, fourth at Southwoods, also looks to take the spotlight this time and challenge for the top prize of US$17,500.
“The course is in championship condition. As usual, conditions are tough, especially if the winds come in,” said Taal Splendido general manager Bobby Chico.
Lascuña and other leading local and foreign players test the par-72 layout in the pro-am tournament on Wednesday.
PGTA qualifying tournament topnotcher Pasavee Lertvelai leads the foreign challenge along with Thai Wisut Artjanawat, Americans Seungjae Maeng, John Michael O’Toole and Cory Oride, Korean-American Micah Shin, Singapore’s Choo Tze Huang, Peter Stojanovski of Macedonia and Sweden’s Andreas Gronkvist.