MANILA Southwoods Masters shoots for its fifth straight championship when the 10th Philippine Airlines (PAL) Ladies Interclub golf team tournament gets going on October 8 at the Negros Golf and Country Club in Marapara, Bacolod City.
The defending champion heads a field of 19 teams, including a squad from Australia, converging for the three-day event.
Last year, Southwoods-Masters rallied in the final day to edge Cebu Country Club (CCC) by a single point at the Alta Vista Golf Club in Cebu City.
CCC is again fielding a strong squad which aims to end Masters’ four-year reign.
Aside from Masters and CCC, the other participating clubs are the Alabang Country Club, Apo Golf and Country Club, Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club, Bacolod Golf and Country Club, Manila Golf Club, Iloilo Golf Ladies Club, Manila Southwoods Masters Team, Negros Occidental Golf Club, Pueblo de Oro Gold Team, Rancho Palos Verdes Golf Club, Valley Golfer and Country Club, Victorias Golf and Country Club, Mactan Island Golf Club-Team B, Wack Wack Golf and 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.
The event is divided into four divisions: Championship, Founders, Sportswriters and Friendship. It will be played for two rounds with each team allowed to field eight players with the best five scorers counting.
The Molave point system will be used for the event, according to tournament director Henry Arabelo.
A team captains’ meeting will be held on October 7 to be followed by the ceremonial tee-off and captains’ tournament.
The event will be sponsored by the Mareco Broadcasting Network (Crossover), Travelife, Business Mirror, Airbus, Splash Philippines, Wealth Inc. and East Gate Publication.