THE ICTSI Wack Wack Ladies Philippine Golf Tour comes off the wraps on Tuesday, with Cyna Rodriguez seeking a second straight championship, Chihiro Ikeda looking to rebound from a runner-up finish and Mia Piccio going for a breakthrough on her first try on the local pro tour at Wack Wack’s West course.
The three head the field chasing the top prize of P100,000 in the 54-hole championship, with club bet Heidi Chua, Jayvie Agojo, Lovelynn Guioguio and Sarah Ababa and top amateur Princess Superal also tipped to contend for the crown.
Mary Grace Estuesta, Tracy Que, Reb Bareng, Lina de Guzman, Apple Fudolin, Lucy Landicho, Barsy Leonen, Eva Minoza Marjorie Pulumbarit, Jan Punzalan and Sylvia Torres are also vying for honors in the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and sponsored by International Container Terminals Services, Inc.
“It would be nice and sweet if I can win again,” said Rodriguez, who marked her pro debut with a dominating performance at Eagle Ridge last month.
“But with Mia and Chihiro around, I will have to play harder. It’s going to be fun and a competitive week with them here,” added Rodriguez.
Like Rodriquez, Piccio is coming into the event backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Gatorade, Sharp and Custom Clubmakers in top form, having clinched a berth in the second stage of the LPGA Qualifier together with Dottie Ardina.
A product of the University of Florida, Piccio was in contention for low medal honors but slowed down in the final round and settled for joint third. Ardina, winner of the first two legs of the LPGT at The Country Club and Canlubang, also made it to the LPGA elims Stage 2 next month. She is skipping an LPGT leg for the second straight time.
Ikeda is out to redeem herself after finishing eight strokes behind Ardina at Canlubang, while Superal could make it a four-way battle with the ace amateur looking to score another huge win after ruling the Royal Selangor Golf Club Ladies Amateur Open in Malaysia earlier this year.
Superal finished just a stroke off Ardina at TCC and placed third at Cangolf.