Marvin Dumandan and Ferdie Aunzo hope to feed on the memory of their previous victories at Royal Northwoods as they try to snap their long title drought in P1.5 million ICTSI Royal Northwoods Championship, which gets going on Wednesday in San Rafael, Bulacan.
Dumandan edged Tony Lascuña on the second playoff hole to capture the crown here in 2010. But like Aunzo, who nailed his maiden pro win at Northwoods in 2009, the power-hitting Davaoeño shotmaker struggled with poor form and hardly contended for the crown in the succeeding years.
“It’s been a long time since I last won, or even got a crack at the crown but I like my chances this week, especially with the big guns competing on the Asian Tour,” said Dumandan, referring to the likes of four-leg winner Lascuña, ICTSI Riviera Classic champion Elmer Salvador, three-time Asian Tour titlist Angelo Que, ICTSI Splendido leg winner Jay Bayron, The Country Club Invitational winner Cassius Casas and ICTSI Manila Masters champion Miguel Tabuena, who are busy campaigning in the region’s premier circuit.
“But the thing is everybody is hungry for a win, so it’s anybody’s race,” added Du-mandan, who placed ninth in the last ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour leg at Ma- nila Southwoods.
Aunzo, the former amateur hotshot who had near-misses the last few years, placed fifth in the ICTSI Negros Occidental Classic last July but struggled to finished tied for 25th at Aboitiz Invitational and turned in a joint 16th place effort at Southwoods where he opened with a 76, rebounded with a 66 but faltered again with a 73 before closing out with a 68.