FORMER US Girls Junior champion Princess Superal, Fil-Am Clariss Guce and four other Filipinas see action in the final stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament starting on Wednesday in Florida (Thursday, Manila time).
Cyna Rodriguez, who failed to keep her card after a so-so rookie campaign this year, is back to gain playing status in the LPGA, while also seeing action are Symetra Tour veterans Dottie Ardina and amateur Regina de Guzman.
The six battle 151 others for 20 full LPGA Tour cards and 25 partial cards.
The field will alternate over the first four rounds between the Jones and Hills courses with the top 70 after 72 holes advancing to the final round, to be played at the Hills layout.
The low medalist will earn $5,000.
Guce won two tournaments in the Symetra Tour, while Superal was second in Stage I of the LPGA Qualifying.
Guce was No. 11 in the Symetra Tour money list, with Ardina at No. 21.
Rodriguez will start on No. 1 with Texas’ Shannon Fish and Camilla Lennarth of Sweden.
Ardina is grouped with Jaclyn Jansen of Illinois and Thammaraks and starts on No. 10.
Piccio also starts on No. 10 with Angel Yin of the US and England’s Sally Watson.
Guce will tee off on No. 10 with Kendall Dye of Oklahoma and Taiwanese Ssu Chia Cheng.
De Guzman will play alongside Amber Hensley of the US and fellow amateur Wanasa Zhou of Australia.
Superal kicks off her campaign with Hungarian Csicsi Rozsa and local ace Vicky Hurst on No. 10.
“They’re all ready and in high spirits but with a big field and a slew of talented players, they would need a strong start and hope to sustain it all the way to the finish,” said Bong Lopez, coach of former Team The Country Club mainstays Rodriguez, Ardina, Piccio and Superal, and who also handled two-time LPGA Tour winner Jennifer Rosales.