Charles Hong hopes to ride the momentum of his big victory at ICTSI Sherwood Hills Golf Classic as he headlines the star-studded field slugging it out for top honors in the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) Valley Golf Challenge firing off on May 7 at the Valley Golf Club in Antipolo.
Hong outlasted young Micah Shin in a thrilling backside duel to win the first of four P3.5 million tournaments lined up in this year’s ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour with the victory not only giving him the impetus to go for another victory but also boosting his confidence heading to the P2 million tournament.
“I feel great going into Valley,” said Hong after nailing his second career win, the first coming two years ago when he nipped Richard Sinfuego to rule the ICTSI Pueblo de Oro leg. “But not overly confident. I’m still putting in the necessary practice.”
He stressed the need to improve on his driving which will be crucial in his back-to-back title bid on a tight course like Valley and against the cream of the local pro crop.
“I need to improve on my driving since Valley’s fairways are really narrow so it’s very important,” he said.
Not only did he win a whopping P650,000 purse at Sherwood but Hong also moved up to No. 2 in the Order of Merit ranking with an P845,930 earnings, just behind absentee Tony Lascuna’s P885,000 winnings.
But Lascuna, who skipped the event to resume his campaign on the Asian Tour, is expected to re-join the circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. along with Angelo Que, Miguel Tabuena and Cassius Casas, ensuring another down-to-the-wire battle for the crown in the fifth leg of the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.