TOP young homegrown and foreign-bred players battle it out for national titles and try to familiarize themselves with the course that will host the Putra Cup in two weeks as the Philippine Amateur Closed championship tees off Thursday at Sherwood Hills in Trece Martirez, Cavite.
Rupert Zaragosa and Princess Superal head the cast after ruling the Junior Amateurs Closed tournament just last week, while Rico Hoey of University of Southern California and siter Simone of Long Beach State planed in on Tuesday to join the battle.
Jobim Carlos is also back from the US, on break from his studies at the University of San Francisco, while San Jose State's Regan De Guzman is also seeing action in the 72-hole event presented by the MVP Sports Foundation as part of the PLDT Group Amateur Tour.
“This is the most star-studded Philippine Am we will have,” Tommy Manotoc, the president of the organizing National Golf Association of the Philippines said. “We are excited not just for the PH Am, but for the Putra Cup as well. It’s been a while since we’ve last won that event.”
Players in the Southeast Asian Region will battle from June 27 to 30 in the Putra Cup and the ladies’ Santi Cup, the Lion City Cup for junior boys and the Kartini Cup for junior girls.
The top players have been included in the Philippine teams, while other slots will be filled after the event, which is also backed by Pancake House, Nike, Golf Depot and Pacsports.
There will be a total of four players in the men’s team and three in the ladies. Members of the Junior teams will also be named later in the week.
Superal has taken over as the spearhead of the solid ICTSI team with the graduation of Dottie Ardina to the pros, and she has shown her readiness to conquer an even greater field after winning the girls’ title last week at Sherwood.
De Guzman is also a member of the Philippine team playing in the Santi Cup along with Simone Hoey.