THE Champion Infinity Philippine Ladies Open 2013 fires off on Wednesday with the cream of the local crop slugging it out with the leading players and rising stars from the region and beyond at the challenging Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa City, Batangas.
Suthavee Chanachai, Benyapa Niphatsophon, and Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong head a crack Thailand squad, while Aretha Pan Herng, Michelle Koh, and scratch player Loy Hee Ying banner the Malaysian team vying for top honors in the 51st staging of the country’s premier ladies golfing championship.
Korean Yang Ju Young will also try to keep the crown won by compatriot Lee Jeong Hwa at Wack Wack last year, while Australia is fielding in Prescila Keogh and Zoe Ticehurst.
American Suzette Kirchner and Gillian Sim and Meenah Fong of Singapore have also confirmed participation, ensuring a banner cast in the 54-hole event presented for the second straight year by Champion Infinity.
Newly crowned Philippine Ladies Amateur champion Dottie Ardina, last year’s runner-up, spearhead the ICTSI-The Country Club team along with former winner and reigning Hong Kong Amateur champion Cyna Rodriguez, Santi Cup titlist Jayvie Agojo, Sarah Ababa, Lovelynn Guioguio and new ICTSI members Abegail Arevalo and Sophia Chabon.
The other local challengers are Sophia Blanco, Samantha Bruce, Annika Cedo, Inez del Rosario, Pauline del Rosario, Mikhaela Fortuna, Clare Legaspi, Isa Lorenzo, Sam Martirezm Felicia Medalla, Gaby Monfort, Marvi Monsalve, Bernice Olivarez-Ilas, Jan Punzalan, Ann Sabater, Andie Unson, Daniella Uy and Chanel Avaricio, who is coming off a big win in San Diego.