PH golfers ready for LPGT

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TAIWAN — Cyna Rodriguez, Princess Superal and Mia Piccio set out against Taiwan LPGA Tour’s best players in what promises to be a slam-bang start to the Party Golfers Ladies Open Wednesday at the National Golf Country Club in Miaoli County here.

The $100,000 event marks the first time that the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour (LPGT) is co-sanctioning an event with the TLPGA as part of the Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc.’s continuing effort to boost Philippines ladies pro golf.

“I’m very excited to be out of the country and playing against elite golfers in Asia. Looking forward to a fun-filled week here and hopefully come home with a win,” said one-time LPGA Tour campaigner Cyna Rodriguez.

Rodriguez slugs it out with Thai ace Supamas Sangchan and Japanese Rino Kotake at 7:50 a.m., also on the first hole of the up-and-down course with winding but wide fairways and unpredictable surface.

“It’s actually short with reachable par-5s but could be play tough with the wind,” said Daniella Uy, the former Junior World champion.

The stellar field also includes TLPGA No. 2, Hsin Lee, third ranked Szu-Han Chen, No. 4 Min-Jou Chen, fifth ranked Yi-Chen Lio and No. 6 China Huang with LPGT leg winners Thais Renuka Suksukont, Wannasiri Sirisampant, Onkanok Soisuwan and Yupaporn Kawinpakorn toughening up the field.

Meanwhile, PGTI general manager Colo Ventosa said the LPGT and TLPGA would also share the prize money when they co-stage the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Masters in February.

Superal also hopes to get into the mix right in the opener of the 54-hole championship with the former US Girls Junior champion figuring in an early clash with LPGT leg winner Ploychompoo Wilairungrueng of Thailand and Minami Levonowich of the US at 8:10 a.m. on No. 1.

Symetra Tour campaigner Piccio, on the other hand, hopes to mark her return to the LPGT in style, drawing another LPGT leg champion in Saranporn Langkulgasettrin and Taiwan’s No. 5 Babe Liu at 8:10 a.m.

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