TONY Lascuna, top money earner in the last two seasons, and three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que head the cast in the P1 million ICTSI Iloilo Golf Challenge firing off Wednesday at the Iloilo Golf and Country Club in Sta. Barbara.
Lascuna is seeking a third title in nine legs of the Philippine Golf Tour, while Que is still trying to put it all together for his first victory this season.
Elmer Salvador, Jay Bayron, Charles Hong and Rufino Bayron, who have also won earlier this year, are also vying for the top prize of P200,000 in the 72-hole championship.
“Despite the long break, we had been in constant training so we still expect a tightly fought contest in the next two weeks,” said Lascuna, who won the Eagle Ridge and Valley legs of this year’s circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Que’s best finish this year was joint third at Eagle Ridge and he hopes to finally end the title drought.
“I still practice regularly and I’m hoping that something big happens the next two weeks,” said Que.
“I’ve been working hard the past few so hopefully, I can finally win.”
The leading pros test the country’s oldest layout in Tuesday’s traditional pro-am tournament where they will be grouped with amateur players from the event’s chief backers including Nike Golf, Pacsports, Srixon, FootJoy, It’s More Fun in the Philippines, Callaway, Mizuno, Custom Clubmakers, Titleist, Sharp and KZG.
After the Iloilo leg, the PGT goes to the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club next week for the 10th leg of the 16-stage circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Action then shifts back to Luzon for the Aboitiz Invitational at Riviera’s Couples course from Aug. 27 to 30.
The P3.5 million ICTSI Pilipinas Invitational is set Sept. 3 to 6 at the Manila Southwoods, with Royal Northwoods Golf and Country Club in San Rafael, Bulacan hosting the next leg from Sept. 17 to 20.
Summit Point in Batangas will stage an ICTSI PGT event for the first time from Oct. 8-11, while Canlubang will hold the penultimate leg from Oct. 21 to 24.
The season ends with the P3.5 million ICTSI Tournament Players’ Championship set Nov. 12 to 15 at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.