MIAOLI County, Taiwan – Five Filipinas drew starts in sequence, each ready to slug it out with some familiar faces and new rivals making up the crack LPGA Tour of Taiwan (TLPGA) roster at the start of the Party Ladies Golfers Open at the National Golf and Country Club here today.
The Ladies Philippine Golf Tour also co-sanctioned this $100,000 event with TLPGA last year, the former’s first tournament abroad as part of Pilipinas Tournament, Inc.’s commitment to develop and boost Phl ladies pro golf, although the then five-player group wavered in the end with Princess Superal ending up tied for 16th after crowding the leaders with a 70 start.
But Pauline del Rosario, Cyna Rodriguez, Daniella Uy, Marvi Monsalve and rookie pro Chanelle Avaricio all expressed confidence while stressing the need to come up with a strong start on the rolling layout with reachable par-5s but with tough putting surface where the title chase could be decided on Friday.
Del Rosario is first to set out at 9 a.m. on No. 1 with the former three-time LPGT Order of Merit champion facing off with local amateur Fei-Chien Yang and Korean Hwang Min-Jeong, a very familiar rival back home who actually won the last LPGT leg at Summit Point in Lipa City, Batangas last August.
Rodriguez tees off 9:20 a.m. with Ching Ling Chang of Taiwan and Wannasiri Sirisampant, also a former LPGT winner and one of the Thai aces tipped to contend in the 54-hole championship which also serves as the final leg of the busy seventh season of LPGT, which featured four other TLPGA co-sanctioned tournaments, including the inaugural The Country Club Invitational which headed by no less than former world No. 1 Sung Hyun Park of South Korea.