SARUTTAYA Ngam-usawan and Wannasiri Sirisampant head the 23-player strong Thai delegation seeing action in the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour’s ICTSI Beverly Place Ladies Classic in Mexico, Pampanga this week.
The country’s perennial regional rivals won five of the 12 LPGT tournaments in 2018 and ruled the first of two legs of the new season, making them the players to watch in the P750,000 event which features the country’s top guns and a couple of South Korean aces.
Ngam-usawan scored a breakthrough at Royal Northwoods in 2016, while Sirisampant won at Southwoods in her first LPGT stint in 2015.
Other Thai golfers seeing action in the 54-hole championship put up by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. are Tiranan Yoopan, Alisara Wedchakama, Aunchisa Utama, Mookharin Ladgratok, Saraporn Chamchoi and Chonlada Chayanun
Korea’s two-time LPGT Champion Tour titlist Lee Jeong Hwa and Camp John Hay Ladies Championship winner Lee Ji Hyeon are also in the field.
The locals, however, will also be coming in full force, led by LPGA Tour-bound Dottie Ardina.
Pauline del Rosario, Princess Superal, Cyna Rodriguez and Chihiro Ikeda are also vying for honors with Daniella Uy, Marvi Monsalve, Alex Etter and Gretchen Villacencio also hoping to sneak into contention along with Lisa Kang of the US, Valerie Tan of Brunei and Baek Soo Kyung and Bang Choeun of Korea.
With only the top 15 after 36 holes advancing to the final round, expect a spirited battle right from the start with amateurs Mafy Singson, Samantha Dizon, Eagle Ace Superal and Arnie Taguines of The Country Club along with Laurea Duque and Marianne Bustos spicing up the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, K&G Golf Apparel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Empire Golf and Sports and M.Y. Shokai Technology, Inc.