ALL six former champions are back for another title run, while other top golfers try to seize the limelight in The Country Club Invitational on Thursday in Laguna.
Former winners Angelo Que (2007, ’10 and ’11), Juvic Pagunsan (2006, ’08 and ’12), Cassius Casas (2003), Tony Lascuna (2004), Jerome Delariarte (2005), and Antonio Murakami (2009) hope to claim the title again and they get to fine tune their games before the P5 million tournament by taking part in the pro-am event on Wednesday.
The top 36 players in last year’s ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit make up this year’s TCC Invitational field and a tight battle is expected in the four-day championship held in honor of International Container Terminal Services Inc. founder Enrique “Don Pocholo” Razon, Sr. for the 11th straight year.
Que, Pagunsan and the other top pros will be teaming up with ICTSI’s guests from various sectors in the 18-hole pro-am.
Pagunsan used a strong finishing kick to beat Elmer Salvador by four strokes last year, matching Que’s three titles.
Also among the favorites is Tony Lascuna, who won three PGT tournaments and topped the money list last year.
Casas, Delariarte and Murakami are also out to score a repeat, while also expected to shine are Zanie Boy Gialon, Miguel Tabuena, Charles Hong, Marvin Dumandan, Carl Santos-Ocampo and Salvador, who all won PGT events last season.
Others vying for honors are two-time Philippine Open champion Frankie Minoza, Jhonnel Ababa, Jun Bernis, Jay Bayron, Elmer Saban, Clyde Mondilla, Mhark Fernando, Rufino Bayron, Mars Pucay, Richard Sinfuego, Randy Garalde, Michael Bibat, Ferdie Aunzo, James Ryan Lam, Orlan Sumcad, Joenard Rates, Benjie Magada, Christopher delos Santos, Arnold Villavicencio, Rey Pagunsan, and Anthony Fernando.