ELMER Salvador and Mars Pucay, the two best-placed Filipinos in the Asian Tour’s Solaire Open last week, has emerged as favorites in the Philippine Golf Tour’s ICTSI-Camp John Hay Championship next week in Baguio City.
The previous PGT stop at John Hay was for 54 holes but now PGT is holding it as a four-day championship that has a P2.5 million pot with the winner getting P450,000.
Salvador placed fifth at Wack Wack, while Mars Pucay was joint sixth.
Jay Bayron, the reigning Asian Development Tour Order of Merit champion, is also seeing action in the second leg of this year’s ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour together with last year’s Baguio leg winner Marvin Dumandan.
Also in the field are Jhonnel Ababa, Ferdie Aunzo, Jerson Balasabas, Cassius Casas, Rufino Bayron, Jun Bernis, Charles Hong, Carl Santos-Ocampo, Mhark Fernando, Zanieboy Gialon, Edward Reyes and Gerald Rosales.
Miguel Tabuena, winner of the PGT season opener at Sherwood Hills in Cavite last month and joint sixrh in the Solaire Open, has yet to confirm his participation.
After the John Hay leg, the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. holds the ICTSI Calatagan Challenge in Batangas on May 8-10.
The Orchard Golf Championship, a 72-hole P2.5 million event backed by Sharp, Nike Golf, Callaway, Titleist, Custom Clubmakers, Mizuno, Cleveland Golf, Foot Joy, Event Captain, Inc., Omnisource Inti’l. TPGAP and media partners Balls, A Round of Golf, Inquirer Golf, Studio 23 and Pinoygolfer.com, is set May 22 to 25.
The ICTSI-Orchard tournament also serves as an ADT leg along with the Aboitiz Invitational set July 24 to 27 at Cebu Country Club.
Set from June 3 to 7 is The Duel pitting the top players from the North and South at Alabang Country Club before the circuit goes to Mindanao for tournaments at Rancho Palos Verdes (June 26-28), Del Monte (July 3-5) and Pueblo de Oro (July 10-12).