REIGNING US Junior Girls champion Princess Superal and the rest of the rock-solid The Country Club team confirmed participation in the National Golf Association of the Philippines’ Southern Ladies’ Open presented by the MVP Sports Foundation at Apo Golf in Davao.
Less than three weeks removed from becoming the first Philippine-born player to win a USGA event, the 16-year-old Superal will undoubtedly be the odds-on choice to rule the 54-hole tournament for the third straight year.
The event, which forms part of the PLDT Group Amateur Tour, starts Wednesday and more than conquering a lean yet talent-laden field, Superal and everyone else in the roster will be challenged by the tree-lined Apo layout that has stood out as one of the country’s toughest tests for the longest time.
Abegail Arevalo, who won a junior tournament in California, Pauleen Del Rosario, Sofia Chabon, Fil-Japanese Yuka Saso, and Sam Martinez complete the formidable TCC team that is being handled by swing guru Bong Lopez.
Harmie Constantino and Junia Gabasa are some of the other notables in the field, which will be feted to lavish awarding ceremonies by the Casino Filipino-Davao after the final round.
The organizing NGAP will continue to accept entries though mobile no. 09175607074, tel. 02 9250022 / 7065926 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Players may register at Apo Golf through numbers (82) 2972090 / 2150. Entry forms may be downloaded from www.ngaponline.net.
Superal averted a late meltdown in her 36-hole title clash with Mexican champion Marijosse Navarro, prevailing with a birdie on the first extra hole that highlighted a successful summer campaign by the Laguna-based squad in the United States.
Arevalo, meanwhile, also won via a playoff over Del Rosario in a Ping Summer Series event. Both have also been playing well and are tipped as the likely challengers to dethrone Superal.