Pros brace for tough grind at ICTSI Summit

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The men of the tour tackle the Summit Point Golf Club in Batangas for the first time, each bracing for a challenge not only among themselves but also on the tough par-72 layout, guaranteeing a wide open battle for top honors when the ICTSI Summit Point Golf Classic is fired off on Wednesday.

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“It will be a wide-open race since no one holds a distinct advantage at Summit,” said Tony Lascuña, who headlines the star-studded field in the P1 million event serving as the third to the last leg of the 16-stage circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

Winner of four legs in the circuit, including three straight at Bacolod, Riviera and Southwoods, Lascuña will be coming into the event oozing with confidence following a joint runner-up finish at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters last Sunday.

But the reigning back-to-back Order of Merit champion has opted to downplay his chances for another championship, citing his lack of local knowledge on the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed course which was inspired by great holes from the famous and revered golf holes in the world, including No. 16 of Oakland Hills, No. 14 of St. Andrews and the famous Amen Corner of Augusta.

“It will be tough to predict a winning score at Summit but I will try to bring my A-game and hope to put myself in contention in the final round,” said Lascuña.

The ace Davaoeno shotmaker hopes to make it in today’s traditional pro-am tournament where he will join the other leading pros along with the amateur players and guests of the event’s chief backers, including Nike Golf, Pacsports Phils. Inc., Srixon, Callaway, Mizuno, Empire Golf, Footjoy, Titleist, Custom Clubmakers, Sharp and KZG.

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