Frankie MiÑoza hopes to provide the leadership and experience as he reinforces an already-formidable Team South after the North squad in The Duel 3, which unwraps on Wednesday at the Cebu Country Club in Cebu.
Minoza, the region’s former No. 1 player and winner of three local tournaments last year, is joining the country’s version of the Ryder Cup for the first time and his presence is expected to boost Team South’s confidence and stake in the three-day event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. featuring the top 24 players from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in the current Order of Merit rankings of the sponsoring International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) Philippine Golf Tour.
“Not only will Frankie’s presence add depth to the South team but also add prestige to the event,” said PGTI general manager Colo Ventosa, referring to the two-time Philippine Open champion who always makes it a point to lend his name and provide support to local golf whenever he is available.
Team South rallied in the singles to rule the inaugural staging in 2012 at Alabang Country Club but the North squad struck last year, also in the singles, to even things up, making this week’s event a virtual decider.
But Team South looks tough on paper with reigning back-to-back OOM winner and current leader Tony Lascuna spearheading the squad along with fellow Davaoeño aces Elmer Salvador, Jay Bayron, Cassius Casas, Mhark Fernando, Jhonnel Ababa, Elmer Saban and Marvin Dumandan and Del Monte’s Clyde Mondilla and Minoza.
Charles Hong, who topped the ICTSI Sherwood last month, is the other ace for Team South with the top Cebuano shotmaker expected to flash his familiarity with the flat but tight par-72 layout littered with bunkers that come into play in most holes and an unpredictable putting surface.