Coming off a big victory at ICTSI Sherwood two weeks ago, Charles Hong goes for higher stakes this time—the Order of Merit(OOM) lead—as he tries to make two-in-row in the P2 million International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) Valley Golf Challenge beginning today at the Valley Golf Club in Antipolo.
Hong moved within P39,000 off OOM leader Tony Lascuna following his one-shot triumph at ICTSI Sherwood where he rallied from behind to beat young Micah Shin and pocket a whopping P650,000 purse in one of the four P3 million events lined up in this year’s circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
But Lascuna, still in the OOM lead with P885,000 in winnings, is back after a two-leg stint on the Asian Tour, raring to nail his first win after a runner-up and top four finishes at ICTSI Splendido and John Hay with a confidence boosted by his joint 11th place finish at The Championship in Singapore last Sunday where he won P1 million.
“I’m in good shape, my ball-striking and iron game are quite okay but I still need to polish my putting which could spell the difference here,” said Lascuna after yesterday’s pro-am tournament. “But it will be tough with so many good players in the field.”
Lascuna hopes to come out strong in an early flight at 7:30 a.m. on No. 10 in the company of Jhonnel Ababa and Canadian Rick Gibson while Hong drew a late tee-time of 11:10 a.m., also on No. 10, with Anthony Fernando and Miguel Tabuena, who is also coming off the Asian Tour campaign.
Jay Bayron, winner at Splendido, also goes for a second leg win in the 11:30 a.m. group on No. 1 with Ferdie Aunzo and Zanie Boy Gialon, while Jun Rates, who ruled the John Hay leg, is paired with long hitting Rey Pagunsan and Clyde Mondilla in the 11:10 a.m. flight on No. 1.