TOP amateur golfers Yuka Saso and Pauline del Rosario have been drawn to start together as the Philippine Ladies Open Golf Championship 2017 unwraps on Wednesday at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club’s West Course in Mandaluyong.
Saso and Del Rosario look to battle for the title this time after finishing tied for second in last year’s edition of the country’s premier women’s championship ruled by Princess Superal at Midlands.
Both are coming off big wins victories, with Saso fresh from her runaway triumph in the Philippine Amateur Golf Championship at Riviera.
Del Rosario, on other hand, swept her last three international events last month, including the Penang and Melaka Open in Malaysia and the Singapore Juniors.
“I don’t give too much consideration on who I would be playing with. I want to focus on my game and be the best out there, especially in this big event,” said the 18-year-old Del Rosario.
Abegail Arevalo and Lois Kaye Go have also been grouped with Saso and Del Rosario.
Focus will also be Thailand’s Atthaya Thithikul Thitikul, the emerging star from Ratchaburi who is starting with club bet Felicia Medalla, Katie Kim and Zoe Campos.
Bernice Olivarez-Ilas, winner of a pro tournament last year, and TCC teammate Sofia Chabon have been draw to play with Kristine Torralba and Thailand’s Tunrada Piddon.
Harmie Constantino, the former national champion who also won a tournament on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, is also out to redeem herself from a mediocre showing in last week’s Philippine Amateur as she tees off with Erika Layson, Liyana Durisic of Malaysia and Sofia Legaspi.
Aussie Prescila Keogh is also tipped to contend for the crown along with flightmates Mei Fang Huang and Lingli He of Taiwan and local bet Marife Jarales.
Napabhach Boon-in of Thailand is playing with Mikha Fortuna, Aloysa Atienza and Malaysian Qistina Binti Azhar in the 54-hole event organized and conducted by the Women’s Golf Association of the Philippines, backed by Lexus, Metro Pacific Investments, CranUTI, Texas Eagle, San Miguel Corp., Botanika, Enclave and Taishan Insurance Broker's Inc.and supported by Inquirer, Cherrylume, Alveo, Manila Golf, G&W Clubshares, Alabang Ladies Golf Chapter, Canlubang Golf Club, Forest Hills Golf Club, Sta. Elena Golf Club, Tagaytay Higlands, Gatorade, Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, Vermogen, Gilberto Duavit and Water World Trading Inc.