TEAM South hopes to cash in on its edge in personnel as it tries to seize early control in the opening Foursomes of the The Duel – North vs South – on Wednesday at the Camp John Hay Golf Club in Baguio City.
South coach Charles Hong has the top four in the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit – Tony Lascuña, Clyde Mondilla, Zanieboy Gialon and Jhonnel Ababa.
Hong pits Lascuña and Orlan Sumcad against North’s top gun Miguel Tabuena and Randy Garalde in the opening match of the local version of the Ryder Cup.
Brothers Jay and Rufino Bayron square off with Mars Pucay and rookie pro Ira Alido in the next match.
Mondilla, winner of two legs in this year’s PGT, will have Rene Menor as partner as they take on a pair of young North rivals in Keanu Jahns and Justin Quiban.
Gialon and Cassius Casas mix it up with Michael Bibat and Benjie Magada.
Ababa and buddy Jerson Balasabas will next face Joenard Rates and James Ryan Lam, while Mhark Fernando and Elmer Salvador collide with Gerald Rosales and Jobim Carlos in the last of the six-pair opening event sponsored by ICTSI.
Team South trailed in the first two days when the last Duel was held at Wack Wack in 2015 but won nine of the 12 singles matches in the final day to beat North by one for a back-to-back feat.
The top players in the Order of Merit make up the two teams, including two alternates from each side, with Marvin Dumandan serving as Hong’s assistant and Temyong Murakami handling Team North with assistant Miko Alejandro.
The Fourball, also a six-match event, will be held on Saturday with the singles matches set on Friday.