MARVIN Dumandan tries to retain the crown, while teen star Miguel Tabuena looks to score back-to-back leg titles as the Philippine Golf Tour’s P2.5 million ICTSI Camp John Hay Championship tees off Wednesday in Baguio City.
Dumandan scored five-under in last year’s final round to win the crown and the Davaoeno shotmaker is again expected to be among the top contenders.
Tabuena, on the other hand, won the season opener at Sherwood in Cavite by eight strokes and will be one of the players to watch.
Tony Lascuña, who had three victories and four runner-up finishes to top last year’s Order of Merit, is also tipped to contend for the top prize of P450,000.
Mars Pucay and Danny Zarate, who honed their skills in the short but tricky par-69 course, hope to figure well in the tournament along with Elmer Salvador, Jay Bayron, Mhark Fernando, Rey Pagunsan, Gerald Rosales and Cassius Casas.
“The course is short but a little longer and tougher,” said Dumandan in Filipino. “This requires course management although putting will still be the key here.”
The long hitters will still have an edge, particularly on the reachable par-5s, but face a lot of challenges on the tight, up-and-down course, in the event sponsored by ICTSI and backed by Nike Golf, Empire Golf and Sports Shop, Mizuno, Titleist, Srixon, Foot Joy, Callaway, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers, Cleveland Golf and Sharp with Balls, Studio 23, Pinoygolfer.com and Inquirer Golf as media partners.