NORTH skipper Angelo Que and partner Mars Pucay battle it out with South’s top bet Tony Lascuna and Clyde Mondilla, while Juvic Pagunsan teams up with Rufino Bayron as they take on the young North players Miguel Tabuena and Edward Reyes at the start of The Duel – North vs South showdown on Wednesday at the Alabang Golf and Country Club.
“We are upbeat and ready to take on the North and prove again that we are the better team,” said South team skipper Jerome Delariarte during yesterday’s pro-am tournament.
Power-hitting Marvin Dumandan and Zanie Boy Gialon battle North’s Michael Bibat and Gerald Rosales in the third match, while Jay Bayron and Ferdie Aunzo face off with the North’s Carl Santos-Ocampo and James Ryan Lam in the morning best-ball format of the event, the local version of the Ryder Cup pitting the top players from Luzon against rivals from the Visayas and Mindanao.
Meanwhile, Bibat led his team of Nani Almeda, Frankie Flameno and Obet Samson to victory in the pro-am as they pooled a 53 to beat North teammate Randy Garalde and partners Wilson Uy, Jimmy Dy and Manny Tan, who had a 54.
Pagunsan and teammates JV Rocha, Patrick Tabuena and Nijay Punzalan settled for third with a 55.
The fourball matches will be played in the morning with the foursomes (alternate shot) set in the afternoon in the first two days. The 12 singles matches are slated Friday.
The first team to win 16 ½ points clinches the Duel organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., sponsored by ICTSI and backed by KIA, Ping, Nike Golf, Custom Clubmakers, Mizuno, Pacsports, Callaway, Cleveland, FootJoy, Srixon, Titleist, Empire Golf and Sports Shop and Sharp.
The South team rallied in the singles for a come-from-behind victory last year.
The other members of the South squad are Elmer Saban, Mhark Fernando, Jhonnel Ababa and last year’s team captain Charles Hong while Jun Bernis, Joenard Rates and Benjie Magada backstop the North team.