Nat’l Stroke Play draws stellar casts

RYAN Monsalve seeks to open the new PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour season the way he closed out 2019, bannering the crack roster of players in the National Stroke Play Championship unfolding on Jan. 7, 2020 at Riviera’s Langer course in Silang, Cavite.

With partner Lanz Uy, Monsalve put on a strong windup as they routed the field by eight in the National Doubles Championship at Camp Aguinaldo last week. Monsalve is ready to showcase his individual skills and talent in pursuit of the crown in the four-day tournament, which used to be the Philippine Amateur Open Golf Championship.

Uy has begged off due to academics but the depth of the field remains as talent-laden as ever with those who vied in the National Doubles also in the list, including Dan Cruz, Sean Ramos, Josh Jorge, Jonar Austria and Gabby Macalaguim among others.

Gen Nagai edged Thai ace and Youth Olympics gold medalist Vanchai Luangnitikul in sudden death to snare the men’s crown last year while Lois Kaye Go edged Bianca Pagdanganan by one to top the women’s side with the same tight, unpredictable finish expected in the upcoming event organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, next up for the new season is the 25th WExpress RVF Cup Amateur Open Golf Championship on Feb. 11-14 at Canlubang Golf and Country Club with Jolo Magcalayo and Junia Gabasa expected to defend their titles. (PR)