RENE Menor sets a modest target as he heads to the ICTSI Riviera Classic for the third leg of the inaugural PGT Asia Tour beginning on Wednesday, downplaying his feat at Splendido where he scored his maiden victory in record fashion.
Menor noted the Langer course is demanding, plus the return of the foreign players who missed the Splendido Classic, including Indonesia’s Ian Andrew, who placed third at Southwoods.
“Sana nga magkaroon uli ng tsansang manalo pero mas mahirap ang Langer at malalim yung field,” said Menor, who beat Pasavee Lertvilai of Thailand in sixth playoff holes to clinch his first-ever championship.
“Makapasok lang siguro sa cut, masaya na ako,” added Menor.
John Michael O’Toole of the US, who got eliminated in the first playoff hole at Splendido, looks to bounce back, while also seeing action in the US$100,000 event sponsored by ICTSI are Indonesians Joshua Wirawan and Elki Kow, Americans Seungjae Maeng and Cory Oride, Sweden’s Andreas Gronkvist and England’s Grant Jackson.
Focus will also be on the local aces including Rufino Bayron, Tony Lascuña, Clyde Mondilla, Mars Pucay and Jhonnel Ababa.
The fourth stop of the region’s newest circuit, organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., will be held Nov. 15 to 18 at Wack Wack, while Luisita will host the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Open, the fifth leg, from Nov. 29 to Dec .
The ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour, meanwhile, holds its final tournament for the year from Sept. 26 to 29 for the ICTSI Players Championship at Summit Point in Batangas.
The first ICTSI National Pro-Am will be played from Oct. 17 to 19 at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa City, Batangas.