TEAM Southeast Asia looks forward to scoring a repeat in the Pradera Verde Ladies Challenge firing off on Monday as it reaffirms support for the event pitting some of the top players from other SEA countries against some of the Philippines’ leading jungolfers and amateurs at the Pradera Verde Golf and Country Club in Lubao, Pampanga.
“We are very quite optimistic of our chances,” said Team SEA co-captain Jantsoon Kan, whose team is made up of the leading amateurs from Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. “We would like to thank the organizers for putting up this event.”
The visiting side ruled the inaugural staging of the event by nine points.
“We’d like to thank the organizers for this pioneering event and hope the Pradera Challenge will continue every year,” said Team SEA co-skipper Phunampa Pornperapan, who will be banking on Kultida Pramphun, Onkanok Soisuwan and Pinkaew Trachentong along with Indonesian Michela Tjan and 13-year-olds Pimkwan Chookaew and Phannarai Meesom-us of Thailand and Singapore’s Shannon Tan.
Team SEA also has three Malaysian players in Ashley Lau, Audrey Tan and Zulaikah Nurzian with veteran Winnie Ng providing the experience and leadership.
Team Philippines is going all out to even things with the squad boosted by Yuka Saso, who enters the event oozing confidence following victories in a pro tournament at Ayala Greenfield and in the Philippine Ladies Amateur Open.
Though the Fil-Japanese ace is fancied to deliver in singles, the event’s emphasis will still be on team play and expected to deliver are Harmie Constantino, Mikha Fortuna, Nicole Abelar, Tomi Arejola, Sofia Chabon, Bernice Olivarez-Ilas, Kristine Torralba, Kayla Nocum and 13-year-olds Annyka Cayabyab and Laurea Duque.
Play starts on Monday with a scramble in the morning before play shifts to alternate shot in the afternoon.
The two sides will play best ball in the second day then back to alternate shot format in the afternoon.
The 10 singles will be played on Wednesday.