TONY Lascuña hopes to rediscover his form as he returns the site of his 11-shot victory last year when the Philippine Golf Tour holds the ICTSI Forest Hills Championship starting on Wednesday in Antipolo.
Lascuña won the Manila Masters at Eastridge in April but suffered heartbreaking losses in the last three legs of the circuit, tying hetied for second at Southwoods and Villamor and ending up third at Calatagan.
“It’s hard to be consistent (in golf). The course and the condition vary and one has to mind not only his game but also try to better his rivals’,” said Lascuña.
“But I’m working hard to further improve my game,” he added.
Lascuna’s Forest Hills win last year was the second of a three-tournament win streak and he ended up toping five events.
Focus will also be on Zanieboy Gialon, winner at Calatagan and is being billed as Lascuna’s top rival for the top P550,000 prize from the P3 million purse.
Clyde Mondilla is out to score a win after back-to-back victories at Southwoods and Villamor, while also in the field are Jay Bayron, Elmer Salvador, Mars Pucay, Cassius Casas, Mhark Fernando, Rey Pagunsan, Jun Bernis, Michael Bibat and Jhonnel Ababa.
Three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que has also confirmed his participation in the event, boosting the already formidable international roster that includes Nicolas Paez of the US, Korea’s Park Jun Sung, Australia’s Nathan Park, Macedonia’s Peter Stojanovski and Philippine-based Dutchman Guido Van der Valk.
The young guns are also raring to grab the spotlight in the 72-hole championship with Jobim Carlos, Ira Alido, Keanu Jahns, John Kier Abdon and Justin Quiban all raring to post their maiden victory in the circuit backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.
The leading pros, meanwhile, will test the course one last time in Tuesday’s pro-am tournament where they will be grouped with the event’s chief backers and supporters.
The circuit also serves as a prelude to the fifth staging of The Duel, which pits the top players from the North and South in a Ryder Cup-style format set July 5 to 7 at Camp John Hay Golf Club in Baguio.