BAGUIO: Cyna Rodriguez and Jayvie Agojo hope to sizzle early in this cool mountaintop course and fuel their respective drive for win No. 2 on the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour when the P500,000 Camp John Hay Invitational is fired off starting today at John Hay Golf Club.
After the first two legs at the longer but relatively flat Orchard and Riviera courses, the compact field tackle the short but up-and-down par-69 layout with unpredictable greens and which puts premium on accuracy with some holes requiring conservative play. Amateur Princess Superal flashed flawless form to rule this event last year, finishing with a bogey-free 54-hole 17-under 190 total and beating Chihiro Ikeda by 8.
But the Team ICTSI standout, also the reigning SEA Games individual champion, is in the US campaigning in various tournaments and will not be able to defend her crown, leaving Rodriguez and Agojo as the top picks for the top P100,000 purse in the event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Rodriguez nipped Agojo in their battle for fourth place here last year and the former went on to edge the latter in their fight for the Order of Merit crown, thus making this event a grudge match.
Rodriguez won the kickoff leg of this year’s circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. at Orchard but skipped the next stage at Riviera last week to compete in a tournament in Taiwan where she finished joint 16th.
Agojo also said it will all boil down to putting with the former Philippine Ladies Open champion finding the surface not to her liking during yesterday’s pro-am tournament backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.