The ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour gets a big shot in the arm as it hosts a leg of the Taiwan LPGA—the ICTSI Ladies Open at Southlinks Golf Club in Las Pinas on March 11-13 with a whopping total prize fund of $75,000 (P3.3 million) at stake.
The 54-hole tournament, presented by Champion Infinity, will serve as the fourth stage of the 20-leg Taiwan LPGA and will feature a slew of foreign players from Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Korea and the US.
This also marks the first time that the long-running Taiwan LPGA will hold a leg here, further boosting the local ladies pro tour, launched by ICTSI two years ago to provide a circuit for the country’s lady pros and a number of aces from the amateur ranks.
“Hosting a leg on the Taiwan LPGA speaks well of the LPGT repute as one of the rising circuits in the region,” said Colo Ventosa, general manager of the organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
“The upcoming tournament will not only boost local pro golf in terms of foreign participation but will also be a showcase of talents and skills of our local players,” she added.
Dottie Ardina and Mia Piccio have opted to take a break from the Symetra Tour in the US to spearhead the locals’ challenge in the event, sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc., which also serves as the kickoff leg of this year’s ICTSI LPGT.
American Tiffany Tavee, who lost in a playoff to Thai Nontaya Srisawang in the TLPGA’s third leg–the Grand Royal Open–last month, banners the crack foreign field that includes a slew of Taiwanese and Thai aces.
The Thais actually won two of the first three legs with Pornanong Phatlum dominating the Hitachi Ladies Classic last January. And though Srisawang and Phatlum will not be around to go for a second crown, a talent-laden crew will be trying to extend the Thai’s domination of the circuit.