Frankie Miñoza hopes to re-display the vintage form that won him the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) Del Monte crown last week as he goes for a rare second straight crown in the ICTSI Pueblo de Oro Championship which begins on Wednesday at the Pueblo de Oro layout in Cagayan de Oro City.
Miñoza went from five-down to a five-stroke winner over five rivals in his home course in Bukidnon, turning in a flawless nine-under 63 in a stirring windup and performance for a veteran, most decorated Filipino shotmaker who had seemed to have found his thirst for winning again.
“This is win augurs well for Pueblo de Oro,” said Miñoza after nailing down the Del Monte championship, actually his second for the year after edging the Bayron brothers—Jay and Rufino—in a playoff to capture his first The Country Club (TCC) Invitational at the TCC layout last February.
The two-time Philippine Open champion is also priming up for his campaign in the Senior British Open with the former Asian Tour top player hoping to get all the boost he needs as he heads to the Royal Birkdale in England two weeks from now.
But he will be facing a fired-up field out to get back at him, including reigning ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit champion Tony Lascuña and former OOM winner Elmer Salvador, whose keenly-awaited final round duel at Del Monte was sideswiped by Miñoza’s blistering charge.
Also tipped to contend for the top P200,000 purse in the seventh leg of the tour sponsored by ICTSI are James Ryan Lam and Johvanie Abaño, who ended up tied with Lascuña and Salvador for second at Del Monte.
Dutch Guido Van der Valk, who placed solo seventh last week, is also due for a big win after a string of top 10 finishes on the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.