THE Philippine Golf Tour (PGT) and the Ladies PGT are set to return for the 2021 season, which is going to be staged at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in General Trias, Cavite.
The tour is riding the wave of success of its restart during the pandemic-ravaged 2020 and this season, more emphasis would be placed on the safety and health of the players and all the personnel.
The ICTSI Eagle Ridge Challenge at the Aoki layout is set on March 9 to 12 while the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Championship will be held at the Norman course from March 23 to 26.
Like in its first two-tournament bubble marking the resumption of both tours at Riviera’s Couples and Langer courses late last year, strict health protocols will be implemented for the duration of the twin events with the men and women of the tour eager and ready to slug it out coming off a three-month break.
“As much as we wanted to provide opportunities for our pros, we have to ensure that it will be safe and responsible to resume our tour,” said Colo Ventosa, PGTI general manager.
The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) endorsed the staging of more pro tournaments after the first Riviera tournament in November 2020, citing the PGTI’s strict compliance with the Department of Health-Philippine Sports Commission-GAB Joint Administrative Order with regard to the government’s health and safety guidelines.
But the PGTI and the sponsoring ICTSI had wanted that all safety measures are in place before resuming the circuit with the pros hopeful to get back into the full swing of things by the second or third quarter of the year with the availability of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The guidelines were sent to all the players a couple of days back, outlining and detailing the various procedures to be implemented during the upcoming two-tournament run, including the mandatory RT-PCR saliva testing.
Registration is ongoing with the PGTI expecting around 85 players in the men’s and ladies sides to participate. Deadline for registration is on March 2 at 5 p.m. (JNP)