SOUTHLINKS Golf Club in Alabang hosts the season-ending P3.5 million ICTSI Tournament Players’ Championship from Nov. 11 to 14.
The recently-completed par-72 layout on Daang Hari provides a kind of a surprise in the final leg of the 16-stage ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour with its small greens, deep pot bunkers and narrow fairways.
That will put premium on accuracy and putting as the elite field vies for the top P650,000 purse in the 72-hole championship sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Summit winner Arnold Villacencio and Canlubang champion Clyde Mondilla look to score their second wins as the season ends to improve their ranking in the Order of Merit.
Villacencio, who nipped young ace Miguel Tabuena in a playoff to score a breakthrough in Batangas, has moved up to No. 11 with earnings of P870,850 but is expecting to break into the Top 10.
Mondilla, who beat Villacencio at Canlubang, is now at No. 8 with P933,910 in winnings.
The tour’s other big guns, including Tony Lascuna, Elmer Salvador and Tabuena, are also expected to see action in the final leg of the circuit.
Also out to come up with a follow-up to their earlier victories are Iloilo leg winner Casas, Sherwood Hills champion Charles Hong, Orchard Championship winner Rufino Bayron, Splendido champion Jay Bayron, Royal Northwoods winner Zanie Boy Gialon and John Hay leg titlist Jun Rates.
Looking to end the season with a win are Marvin Dumandan, Jhonnel Ababa, Mars Pucay, Mhark Fernando, Anthony Fernando, Benjie Magada, Robert Pactolerin, Orlan Sumcad, Micah Shin, Michael Bibat, Ferdie Aunzo and Jessie Balasabas.
Lascuna has five victories, topping the Eagle Ridge and Valley Challenge then stringing up three straight wins in the Bacolod, Riviera and Southwoods legs of the series backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports Phils. Inc., Srixon, Callaway, Mizuno, Empire Golf, Footjoy, Titleist, Custom Clubmakers, Sharp, KZG and Rudy Project.