WITH an intact lineup, Manila Southwoods-Masters looks to extend its reign to five years in the Philippine Airlines Ladies Interclub golf team tournament next week in Bacolod City.
“We are definitely going for our fifth crown,” said Masters playing team captain Claire Ong on Thursday.
Also back for Southwoods are Lora Roberto, Sofia Chabon, Abby Arevalo, Missy Legaspi, Annika Guangko, Claudine Garcia and Serafina Kim.
The 10th edition the tournament tees off on Oct. 8 and will run for three days.
Each of the 19 teams entered will play two rounds under the Molave scoring system at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club, also known as Marapara, which is hosting the event for the first time.
Cebu Country Club, which lost by one point at the Alta Vista Golf Club last year, will be missing two or three players, according to team captain Mary Kim Hong.
“We’re weaker this year because some of our players are not available,” said Hong in a long-distance call to Cebu.
Hong, however, failed to bare the composition of the team.
Also vying for honors are Alabang Country Club, Apo Golf & Country Club, Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club, Bacolod Golf & Country Club, Manila Golf Club, Iloilo Golf Ladies Club, Manila Southwoods Masters, Negros Occidental Golf Club, Pueblo de Oro Gold Team, Rancho Palos Verdes Golf Club, Valley Golfer & Country Club, Victorias Golf & Country Club, Wack Wack Golf & Country Club, Del Monte Golf Club, Eagle Ridge (Ladies Group), Davao City Golf and the Club Lady Eagles Australian Golfers - the only foreign-based squad.
A team captains’ meeting will be held on Oct. 7 to be followed by the ceremonial tee-off and captains’ tournament.
Aside from the championship division, the tournament sponsored by the Mareco Broadcasting Network (Crossover), Travelife, Business Mirror, Airbus, Splash Philippines, Wealth Inc. and East Gate Publication will also have the Founders, Sportswriters and Friendship divisions.