FORMER national and junior champion Rupert Zaragoza and Korean teen Micah Shin clash in one of the featured flights at the start of the Canlubang Amateur Open’s Championship Division Wednesday at Cangolf’s north course in Laguna.
Shin, the 15-year-old Korean expat who teamed up with Ramil Bisera to win the recent Samsung-Emcor Davao National Pro-Am crown, and Zaragoza will play with Orchard’s Agustin Mata and Riviera’s Song Seung Hyo.
National pool mainstay Jik-Jik Abdon of Southwoods will be playing with Bino dela Paz and Eagle Ridge’s Choi Min Sik and Lee Jong Chan, while AR Ramos, also of Southwoods, will tee off with Eastridge’s Noel Florendo, Orchard’s Cho Byu Kyu and Yoon Chun Byung of Eagle Ridge.
Alabang’s Andres Saldaña, another national pool mainstay, has an early start with Cangolf’s Kris Etter, Cho Phil Kyu of Orchard and Riviera’s Kim Young Sik, while Joey Huerva of Canlubang will play alongside Capitol’s Kenneth Kano, Royal Northwoods’ Moon Jin Young and Eagle Ridge’s Park Jin Young.
Cangolf’s Gabriel Manotoc and Alabang’s Sebastian Lorenzo, two of country’s rising stars, Paulo Puyat of Alabang and Southwoods’ Mark Vijar, are also joining the title hunt in the 54-hole tournament sanctioned by the National Golf Association of the Phils. and backed by Pancake House.
Also on tap are the 36-hole competitions in the Ladies Division, featuring members of the ICTSI-The Country Club squad, Class A (11-and-below), Class B (12-18), Class C (19-and-above) to be played in the last two days.
Prizes will be given to the winner and the next three placers in the championship division and top two gross finishers and the top three net placers in the other categories of the tournament which drew a total of 246 players.