THE Southwoods-Masters squad opens its bid for a record fifth straight Philippine Airlines Ladies Interclub title on Thursday.
With a team spearheaded by ICTSI mainstays Abegail Arevalo and Sofia Chabon, the Carmona-based bets are again considered favored over Cebu Country Club.
Only Southwoods-Masters and Cebu CC are entered in the Championship division due to the teams’ average handicaps.
“It’s virtually match play,” said Southwoods playing captain Marie Claire Ong.
Veteran Lora Roberto, Missy Legaspi and Annika Guangko are the other Southwoods mainstays expected to contribute heavily in the first day for the defending champions.
The centerpiece Championship Division and the Friendship will play its first round on Thursday at Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club.
On Friday, action in the Founders and Sportswriters Divisions will start with all four brackets to play their respective final rounds on Saturday.
Arevalo has two victories in different continents this year and, together with Robert and Chabon are favorites to dispute the individual championship along with top Cebu CC bet Lois Kaye Go.
“We still have a chance,” Go said during Cebu CC’s practice round.
“We have been practicing hard for the past two months to prepare for this. We still like our chances.”
Last year, Cebu CC lost the lead in the final day at Alta Vista in Cebu.
Teams will be allowed to field in eight players a day for two rounds, with the top six scores to count in the event sponsored by the Mareco Broadcasting Network (Crossover), Travelife, Business Mirror, Airbus, Splash Philippines, Wealth Inc. and East Gate Publication.