Asian Gamers Princess Superal and Pauline del Rosario signed up for the ICTSI Sherwood Ladies Championship, boosting the compact roster in the P750,000 event which gets going on Tuesday at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Trece Martires, Cavite.
Superal, for one, will be eyeing a repeat of her record feat in the inaugural staging of the ladies pro tour last year when she humbled the pros with a flawless display of shotmaking, finishing the 54-hole tournament without a bogey for a 17-under 190 total and beating Chihiro Ikeda by eight at John Hay.
Like in Baguio, the upcoming event is the season-ending leg of this year’s Ladies Philippine Golf Tour sponsored by International Container Terminal Services Inc. with Superal out to upstage the pros again, including four-leg winner Cyna Rodriguez, Riviera stage winner Jayvie Agojo, and Splendido leg champion Amolkan Phalajivin of Thailand.
Del Rosario, a Faldo Series champion and teammate of Superal in the gold medal winning team, including Miya Legaspi, in the recent Santi Cup, is also tipped to contend for the crown along with a slew of top amateurs from the ICTSI golf stable.
They include Sofia Chabon, Yuka Saso, Sam Green, Sam Martirez and Abegail Arevalo while Vanessa Tsutsui, Aloyza Atienza, sisters Nikki and Sam Bruce, and Koreans Kim So Eun, An Yee Eun, Choi Yeon Hwa, Jeong Seong Jeong, Koh Eu Na and Hwang Min Jeong complete the crack 17-player amateur roster vying in the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.
Still, focus will be on the 16-year-old Superal, who hopes to add the Sherwood crown to her long list of victories this year, including the US Girls Juniors and a number of titles in the Asia-Pacific tournaments.
But she will be up against a fired-up pro field headed by Rodriguez, who is raring to atone for her so-so performances in the last two legs of the circuit at Splendido and Valley, which Dottie Ardina ruled in wire-to-wire fashion last month.
Phalajivin is also going all-out for a second title after foiling Rodriguez at Splendido while Agojo hopes to snap out of a long slump with a victory next week and Ikeda, a former SEA Games gold medalist, seeks to finally score a breakthrough win on the circuit.
Others in the fold are Anya Tanpinco, Sarah Ababa, Lovelynn Guioguio, former Philippine Ladies Open champion Heidi Chua, Lina de Guzman, Apple Fudolin, Lucy Landicho, Eva Minoza, Majorie Pulumbarit, Jan Punzalan, Tracy Que and Sylvia Torres.