In-form Tony Lascuna will be the marked man as he shoots for a quick follow-up to his three-shot romp in the Abotiz Invitational last Saturday, leading a power-packed roster in the rich International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) Pilipinas Invitational unfolding on Wednesday at Manila Southwoods’ Legends Course in Carmona, Cavite.
“For sure, they will all be going after me but I’ll just try to put it all together again and hopefully give myself another shot at the title,” said Lascuna, who outdueled Angelo Que at Riviera’s Couples course to add the Aboitiz Invitational crown, his first on the Asian Development Tour to his growing list of victories.
It was actually Lascuna’s fourth win in the season, counting his three victories on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour’s legs at Eagle Ridge, Valley and Bacolod.
What makes him the player to beat in the upcoming P3.5 million event sponsored by ICTSI is the fact that he won this event, which used to be the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship, the last two years. He beat Que by two in 2012 and dominated Jhonnel Ababa and Miguel Tabuena by three last year.
Que will not be around as the three-time Asian Tour winner is set to compete in the European Masters in Switzerland also this week. But Ababa, Tabuena and the rest of the local pro crop are all in the fold, including PGT leg winners Elmer Salvador, Charles Hong, Jay Bayron, Rufino Bayron and Jun Rates, along with Cassius Casas, Benjie Magada plus a number of foreign bets, including Dutch Guido Van der Valk and a slew of Korean shotmakers.