The Philippine Airlines (PAL) Ladies Interclub swings back to Rancho Palos Verdes in Davao City beginning today (Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013) with a promise of yet another spirited battle from among the country’s leading golfing ladies vying for team and individual honors in various divisions.
While focus remains on the three-peat seeking Manila Southwoods Masters squad in the centerpiece Championship Division, competition is also expected to be fierce in three other classes, including the Founders, the Friendship and the Sportswriters divisions.
That should guarantee four days of top-notch action with skippers of each team expected to come up with surprise combinations to startle the other squad’s composition and gain the proverbial edge in the four-to-play, three-to-count format event held under the Molave scoring system.
“I believe we can do a three-peat. I think we have a competitive team which is again a mix of young and veterans,” said Southwoods skipper Beachie Abiera on the eve of the tournament.
The PAL-sponsored event, revived in 2011 to provide the growing number of female golfers a tournament of their own, lured 21 teams this year, including one from Australia out to improve on its runner-up finish in the Sportswriters division last year. With Del Monte, runner-up to Southwoods in the last two years, opted to skip this year’s event, Cebu Country Club is tipped to take up the cudgels although the Carmona-based squad remains ready and all set for a first-ever three-peat.
“With Del Monte out, Cebu might challenge us. But we’re ready,” said Abiera who will again pin her hopes on her young turks Mia Legaspi, Abby Arevalo and Annika Cedo and Lora Roberto, Katrina Gonzales, Claire Ong and Angela Legaspi.
Meanwhile, PAL Davao’s Ed Ramos led yesterday’s traditional hitting of the ceremonial drive kicking off the 72-hole championship put up by Philippine Airlines.
Cebu CC is also fancied in the Founders Division where it is the defending champion with 2011 winner Alabang expected to bounce back along while host Palos Verdes sets out to reclaim the Friendship crown it won two years ago but lost to Apo Golf in Iloilo last year.
A down-to-the-wire finish is also seen in the Sportswriters division with 2011 champion Southwoods Legends and last year’s winner Tagaytay Highlands expected to slug it out for top honors in their own side of the battle.
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The event is backed by Airbus, San Miguel Brewery Inc., Purefoods, Magnolia Healthy Refreshments, Ginebra San Miguel, Magnolia Purewater, San Mig Coffee, Magnolia Ice Cream and San Mig Purefoods and supported by Merck Inc. Philippines and Diamond Hotel.(pr)