PRINCESS Superal, Pauline del Rosario and Yuka Saso look to end the Philippines’ run of futility in the 37th Queen Sirikit Cup when Asia-Pacific’s best battle it out starting on Wednesday at the Hong Kong Golf Club’s New Course in Fanling.
Superal, Del Rosario and Miya Legaspi finished third behind champion Korea and China last year at the Saujana Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.
The Philippines has hosted but has never won the Asia-Pacific Ladies golf team championship.
Coach Bong Lopez stressed the need for a solid start and at least match the expected early surge of title favorites South Korea and Australia.
“The girls are confident and in high spirits. But they need a strong start given the depth of the competing field,” said Lopez, also the man at the helm of the ICTSI-The Country Club amateur golf program.
Superal, who has won four tournaments in the last three months, will start with New Zealand’s Julianne Alvarez and Singapore’s Sock Hwee Koh, hoping to put together a solid game and provide the spark for the squad sent here by the Women’s Golf Association of the Philippines and chief backer International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Del Rosario, also in top form coming off a victory in Malaysia last month, will start with New Zealand’s Wenyung Keh and Singapore’s Jen Goh.
Saso drew Munchin Keh of New Zealand and Amanda Tan of Singapore.
Thailand, the country’s perennial regional rival, is also tipped to contend for this year’s crown together with Japan and China. The Thais drew the Aussies and Chinese in the featured group while Korea and Japan are grouped with Malaysia.