THE FINEST amateurs in the land tee it up on Wednesday for the Petron-14th Canlubang Amateur Open championship, which will be played at the tree-lined North and South layouts of the sprawling complex in Laguna.
Rupert Zaragosa, the reigning boy’s and men’s amateur champion, takes another crack at one of the tournaments that has eluded him so far even as the core of the crack ICTSI stable sees action in the women’s division.
The up-and-down South course will be the venue for the 54-hole men’s event, with Zaragosa contending against the likes of lefty Andres Saldana and Gabriel Manotoc for the Open championship crown.
A host of Korean expats is also entered in the men’s event, which, like the women’s side, will be used as the qualifying tournament for next week’s Philippine Amateur Match Play championship of the National Golf Association of the Philippines.
Only the top 16 men and the top eight women will advance to the match play proper beginning Monday.
That event is part of the PLDT Amateur Golf Tour presented by the MVP Sports Foundation and finishing high in the Cangolf Open is imperative since it will draw lighter foes for the match play.
Former world junior champion Bernice Olivares-Ilas and Mikhaela Fortuna, who had a heart-breaking finish last August in San Diego, banner the women’s field together with ICTSI teammates Abegail Arevalo and Sophia Chabon.