ANGELO Que and Tony Lascuna have been grouped with Anthony Fernando and former Philippine Open champion Gerald Rosales for the opening round of the ICTSI Anvaya Cove Invitational teeing off on Wednesday at the Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club in Morong, Bataan.
Miguel Tabuena starts with Elmer Salvador, veteran Frankie Miñoza and comebacking pro Tonlits Asistio in the P3.5 million tournament offering a P650,000 prize to the champion.
“We haven’t played this course but I guess I can still play well because my ball striking has been very good lately,” said Que, who rallied from out of nowhere to finish seventh in the Indonesian Masters of the Asian Tour last month.
Cassius Casas begins play with Mars Pucay, Jay Bayron and Jhonnel Ababa in the fifth leg of the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
“It will be a question of shotmaking and club selection, especially if the wind comes into play at the back nine,” said Casas, who won two titles last year but struggled to salvage joint 26th at Splendido and fought back to finish tied for eighth at Eastridge.
Also tipped to contend for the crown in the event sponsored by ICTSI are last year’s leg winners Rufino Bayron, Arnold Villacencio, Zanie Boy Gialon and Joenard Rates along with eight foreign bets led by Japan’s Toru Nakajima.
Lascuña is hoping to solve his putting problems after winding up in joint 28th in the Indonesian Masters.
“I’ve been struggling with my stroke lately but I hope to get the right feel this week. Anvaya’s greens are okay and the course is in top condition,” said Lascuna.
Others vying in the event backed by Nike Golf, Srixon, Callaway, Empire Golf, TaylorMade, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp, are Orlan Sumcad, Charles Hong, Jun Bernis, Marvin Dumandan, Dante Becierra, Jerson Balasabas, Elmer Saban, Michael Bibat and Anthony Fernando along with foreign bets Yuta Sudo of Japan, Koreans Anthony Kim, Thomas Kim and Gyuha Park, young Micah Shin of the US, South African Joshua Seale and Dutch Guido Van der Valk.