ANGELO Que, winner of the Orchard Golf Championship last week, has been named captain of the North squad that will try to take the title from the South in The Duel next week at the Alabang Golf and Country Club.
“I think we have a great chance this year,” said Que, the Asian Tour campaigner who marked his return to the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour with a resounding victory at Orchard where he battled from four strokes down to beat Tony Lascuna by four with a career-best 10-under 62.
“Everyone in the North team is eager and highly motivated to get back at them (South team),” said the three-time winner on the Asian Tour and former Philippine Open champion.
Last year’s North squad led by Cookie La’O dominated first day action, 8-4, and held on to a 9-7 lead after the fourball and foursomes formats. But the Southerners won nine of the 12 singles matches on the final day to snatch the championship, 16-12, in the Ryder Cup-style event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
With a number of aces in his roster, Que and the North squad seek no less than a payback.
“Juvic (Pagunsan) is playing and that should be interesting,” said Que, referring to the former Asian Tour No. 1 who has made himself available for the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by KIA, Ping, Nike Golf, Custom Clubmakers, Mizuno, Pacsports, Callaway, Cleveland, FootJoy, Srixon, Titleist, Empire Golf and Sports Shop and Sharp.
Other members of the North team are ICTSI Sherwood Hills champion Miguel Tabuena, veteran Asian Tour campaigner and last year’s ICTSI Iloilo leg winner Mars Pucay, former Philippine Open champion Gerald Rosales, former Asian Games bronze medalist Michael Bibat, Carl Santos-Ocampo, James Ryan Lam, Jun Bernis, Benjie Magada, Joenard Rates, Randy Garalde and Edward Reyes, who placed second to Tabuena at Sherwood Classic. Christopher delos Santos is the team’s co-captain.
But they are expected to have their hands full against an equally talented South team led by Tony Lascuna, the reigning ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit champion and winner of the recent Calatagan leg, and recent John Hay stage champion Jay Bayron.
The team will slug it out in foursomes (alternate shot) and fourball (best ball) formats on June 5 and 6 with four matches on tap each day. The singles, a total of 12 matches, will be played on the final day on June 7.
The first team to win 14 ½ points clinches the crown.
A pro-am tournament will be held on June 3, with the leading pros teaming up with the amateur players from the sponsoring ICTSI and the event’s chief backers.