Mayor Rody Duterte watched intently from the sidelines. Around the gym, a sea of humanity filled every space of the gym, some craning their necks at every opening while the others bravely hung on posts.
Although they have pitted skills and talents with the pros during their amateurdays, it will be an entirely different challenge for Asistio, 20, and Bayron,28, who have backstopped a number of national teams to various internationalcompetitions, including the SEA Games, the Putra Cup, Nomura Cup and the WorldAmateurs.
But the former mainstays of the ICTSI-The Country Club team feel they are nowready for big-time golf although they will be up against a stellar field thatincludes the hottest player on the tour today as well as the country’s premiershotmakers who are on a break from the tough Asian Tour campaign.
Elmer Salvador, the reigning Philippine Open champion, heads the chase for thetop P200,000 purse in the 54-hole tournament, organized by the Pilipinas GolfTournaments, Inc. and sponsored by International Container Terminal Services,Inc., with the Davaoeno shotmaker eyeing a second straight victory after rulingthe ICTSI Classic at Mt. Malarayat last month.
The reticent Davaoeno shotmaker, also the Order of Merit winner of thePhilippine Golf Tour, is coming off a big victory in last month’s ICTSI Classicat Mt. Malarayat and is tipped to contend for the crown at Sherwood which healso ruled last year. Angelo Que
Others joining the title hunt in the tournament, backed by MJCarr Golf Management, Jaguar, Land Rover, Studio 23, Balls TV and Golf Punk, areJuvic Pagunsan, Tony Lascuna, Artemio Murakami, Mars Pucay, Jun Bernis, FerdieAunzo, Jerome Delariarte, Orlan Sumcad, Michael Bibat, Marvin Dumandan, ReyPagunsan, Danny Zarate, Robert Pactolerin, Bayron and Magada.
But focus will be on Asistio and Bayron, whose form and mentaltoughness will be tested in the tournament backed by MJ Carr Golf Management,Jaguar, Land Rover, Studio 23, Balls TV and Golf Punk.
Meanwhile, the traditional pro-am tournament, featuring ICTSIofficials and their guests from the government and private sectors, will beheld on March 16 with fabulous prizes and raffle items at stake.
The country’s leading amateurs, headed by ICTSI-Cangolf bets Mhark Fernando andJhonnel Ababa and ICTSI-The Country Club mainstays Peter Villaber, ErwinMadrileno and Dante Becierra, will also see action in the event as part oftheir buildup for various international competitions.