The Duel—North vs. South unwraps today at the Alabang Golf and Country Club in the second regional showdown featuring the country’s finest and a host of future stars with skippers of both teams stressing the need for a quick start in local pro golf’s version of the Ryder Cup.
“With both teams having strong and balanced lineups, it is possible for either team to make a sweep in the first two days . . . 4-0, 0-4 . . . I feel it will be a great, tough series,” said North team captain Angelo Que, trying his hand in team play after running away with the ICTSI Orchard leg crown two weeks ago.
Play will be fourball (best ball) starting at 7 a.m. and foursomes (alternate shot) in the afternoon with four matches set in the first two days. The singles—12 matches—will be played Friday with the first team to win 14 1/2 points clinching the Duel, according to Colo Ventosa, general manager of the organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc.
Team South, skippered by Jerome Delariarte, will be led by last year’s ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit champion Tony Lascuña, former Asian Tour and local circuit’s No. 1 Juvic Pagunsan and this year’s John Hay leg winner Jay Bayron along with Clyde Mondilla, Marvin Dumandan, Mhark Fernando and last year’s team captain Charles Hong.
“Yes, either team can make a sweep. But what we want is a good start. Hopefully—a lead going into the singles,” said Delariarte, who will also bank on the likes of Zanie Boy Gialon, Elmer Saban, Rufino Bayron, Ferdie Aunzo Jhonnel Ababa. “If we’ll be a few points back, it won’t bother the boys because they know they can come from behind like last year.”