THE men of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour take a break from the chase for individual honors as they compete in team play in The Duel – North vs South, local golf’s version of the Ryder Cup, from June 5 to 7 at the Alabang Golf and Country Club.
The South squad actually lost in the two-man team competition in the first two days but dominated the North team in the singles matches to post a 16-12 victory last year.
The tournament features the leaders in the current Order of Merit.
Ace Davaoeno shotmakers Tony Lascuna, the reigning OOM champion and winner of the Calatagan leg, former top money earner Elmer Salvador, John Hay leg champion Jay Bayron and Ferdie Aunzo will spearhead the southerners' title retention drive in the second edition of the event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Sherwood Hills leg winner and current money leader Miguel Tabuena, Mars Pucay, Carl Santos-Ocampo and Michael Bibat will banner the north squad.
Play will be foursomes (alternate shot) and fourball (best ball) – four matches each – in the first two days with the 12 singles matches slated on the final day. The first team to win 14 ½ points clinches the Duel crown, according to Colo Ventosa, general manager of the organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
A pro-am tournament will precede the Duel on June 3, with the leading pros teaming up with the amateur players from the sponsoring ICTSI and backers KIA, Ping, Nike Golf, Custom Clubmakers, Mizuno, Pacsports, Callaway, Cleveland, FootJoy, Srixon, Titleist, Empire Golf and Sports Shop and Sharp.
Meanwhile, action on the PGT, backed by media partners Balls TV, Impact, Studio 23, Pinoygolfer.com and Omnisource, resumes with the Rancho Palos Verdes Classic from June 26 to 28 followed by the Del Monte Championship set July 3-5 and the Pueblo de Oro Championship slated July 10-12.
Cebu will host the third ADT Aboitiz Invitational, another P2.5 million event also serving as an Asian Development Tour leg, from July 23 to 27.