Ladies’ golf is set to make a return with the ICTSI Sherwood Ladies Challenge on July 7-9 at the Sherwood Hills golf club Trece Martires, Cavite.
Action in the Philippine Golf Tour came to a halt for three months due to the rise of Covid-19 infections in the National Capital Region and its neighboring areas. However, with the situation showing vast improvement, the tour will come off the wraps with the ICTSI Sherwood Ladies Challenge on July 7-9 and in the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Ladies Classic on July 14-16.
The organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. (PGTI) oversaw the first resumption after a long eight-month hiatus at the Riviera Golf and Country Club late last year and kicked off the LPGT’s ninth season last March at Eagle Ridge. But the surge in coronavirus cases in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite, where most championship courses are situated, forced the PGTI to call off its next scheduled tournament at the Norman course, also at Eagle Ridge.
Harmie Constantino upstaged multi-titled Princess Superal to capture the ICTSI Eagle Ridge crown at the Aoki layout last March but failed to make it two-in-row in her pro debut following the temporary suspension of the ICTSI-backed circuit.
Constantino and Superal are slated to lead the title chase at the resumption with Chihiro Ikeda and the likes of Daniella Uy, Marvi Monsalve, and former three-time Order of Merit winner and LPGA Tour campaigner Cyna Rodriguez also spicing up the roster of competitors, which is also expected to feature a number of amateurs gearing up for their respective competitions abroad.
Golf is enjoying a boom after Filipina-Japanese Yuka Saso’s historic victory in the recent US Women’s Open in California where she nipped Japanese Nasa Hataoka in sudden death to snare the crown and become the first Filipino to win a major golf championship. She also tied Korean legend Inbee Park as the youngest to win the world’s premier championship at 19 years, 11 months, and 17 days.
Her victory also paved the way for the continued surge in popularity of the sport, considered as the game during pandemic, with most clubs and golf ranges noting an increase in players. (JNP)