Mia Piccio and Chihiro Ikeda signed up for the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) Wack Wack Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, firming up the cast in the event unfolding on Tuesday at Wack Wack’s West course.
Piccio and Dottie Ardina breezed through LPGA elimination first stage in California with the former even contending for low medal honors before settling for joint third in a field of 245. That makes her an instant favorite in the 54-hole championship serving as the fourth leg of the five-stage inaugural circuit.
Ikeda has also confirmed her participation after skipping the Eagle Ridge stop won by Cyna Rodriguez in runaway fashion last month.
But with Piccio and Ikeda in the fold, Rodriguez faces a formidable challenge as she tries to score a second straight championship and match Ardina’s back-to-back title romps at The Country Club and in Canlubang.
Ardina, meanwhile, has opted to stay in the US and prepare of the LPGA Qualifier Stage 2 in Florida next month.
But despite her absence, the chase for the top P100,000 purse is expected to be fierce with Piccio out to stamp her class, Ikeda raring to rebound from her Canlubang debacle and Rodriguez eyeing a repeat win in the circuit.
Also expected to crowd the troika are Jayvie Agojo, Heidi Chua, Mary Grace Estuesta, Lovelynn Guioguio, Sarah Ababa, Tracy Que, Reb Bareng, Lina de Guzman, Apple Fudolin, Lucy Landicho, Barsy Leonen, Eva Minoza Marjorie Pulumbarit, Jan Punzalan and Sylvia Torres.