SIXTY-three pros battle it out for 40 slots in next year’s ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour when the PGT Qualifying School tees off Tuesday at Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club’s Norman Course in Gen. Trias, Cavite.
Former junior champions Ramon Brobio and Carito Villaroman have joined the long list of players seeking to regain their cards for what could be the richest, biggest local tour being lined up for next year’s circuit.
Twelve amateurs are also hoping to make it to the big league next year with Andres Saldana, Noel Langgamin, Magno Arancon, Keanu Jahns and Francis Morilla joining the hunt in the 72-hole event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Artemio Murakami, a former PGT leg winner who struggled all season to finish at 60th, headlines the field.
Also set to play are Arnold Villecencio, Erwin Vinluan, Cookie La’O, Albin Engino, Paul Echavez, Peter Villaber, Reymon Jaraula, Ramil Bisera, Edgar Ababa, Joey Huerva, Rene Menor, Hanson So Jr., Rico Depilo, Joenard Rates, Gene Bondoc, Danny Zarate, Ebarra Quiachon, Dino Villanueva and Antolin Fernando.
PGTI will also conduct a separate Q-School for foreign pros to accommodate the growing number of entries who have signified their intention to play in Asia’s fastest growing pro golf league put up by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
The Q-School for foreigners will be held Jan. 13-17 at Eagle Ridge’s Aoki layout with deadline for registration on Jan. 10.
Heading the early roster is Manila-based Canadian Rick Gibson, winner of a number of tournaments in the previous local circuit and now coach of teen star Miguel Tabuena.
Entry fee for the foreign Q-School is pegged at P10,000. For details, contact Jocelyn Duque at 049-5492564 or 0915-7824751 or download application at pgt.ph.