THE Ladies Philippine Golf Tour resumes on Wednesday with the ICTSI Orchard Ladies Invitational, with eight players from Thailand looking to steal the show at the Orchard Golf and Country Club’s Player course in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Nemittra Juntanaket, who placed third in the last LPGT leg at Luisita, and sister Nimmitta are re-joining the title hunt along with Alisara Wedchakama, Jaruporn Palakawongnaayuttawa, Numa Gulyanamitta, Pannapa Polnamin, Pattaraporn Mounchoo and Suchaya Tangkamolprasert.
They will try to match fellow Thai Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul’s title romp at LPGT Splendido in the kickoff leg of the circuit.
Also for the first time, the country’s premier ladies tour, sponsored by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., will feature a South African campaigner in Madeleen Grosskopf, who has played in the Ladies European Tour and in Japan.
But focus will be on Euna Koh, who nipped local rookie pro Pauline del Rosario in a playoff to claim her maiden LPGT crown in April.
Del Rosario is also raring to end a string of sorry setbacks, including a joint runner-up finish to Muangkhumsakul.
Chihiro Ikeda, winner at Orchard last year, also hopes to come up with a solid game in the P1 million event serving as the fourth leg of the eight-stage circuit backed by backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.
Others in the field are Indonesia’s Jessica Lydia, Fil-Am former leg winner Cristina Corpus and local bets Sarah Ababa, Lovelyn Guioguio and Anya Tanpinco.
Eagle Ace Superal, sister of many-time LPGT winner and Symetra Tour campaigner Princess, is also in the list as spearhead of the seven amateurs seeing action in the 54-hole championship. The others are Alex Etter, Mariel Tee, Rev Alcantara, Sam Bruce, Kayla Nocum, and Japanese Kelly Marutani.