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Pauline eyes LPGA Q-School

No expectations since everyone in the field is capable of playing good golf.

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PAULINE del Rosario tempers expectations in the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Challenge next week at the Aoki course of the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Cavite. / Photograph courtesy of PGT

Pauline del Rosario has stayed in good shape throughout the long break not just in preparation for the resumption of the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour starting next week but also for her forthcoming crack at women’s golf biggest stage later this year.

“I’m sticking to my program in preparation for the LPGA Q-School later in the year,” said Del Rosario, the first Filipina to win on the LPGA of Taiwan Tour in her rookie pro season in 2017.

She was actually set to launch her LPGA Q-School bid last year but the global health crisis disrupted virtually all sports competitions calendar, forcing her to wait for another year to get a stab at a dream LPGA card.

The 2021 LPGA Q-School will be held in August in California for the first stage for the grueling three-part elims.

The regular workouts and drills plus a series of rounds to improve not just her muscle memory but also gain a greater sense of distance and depth also make Del Rosario A-ready for the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Challenge firing off Tuesday at the Aoki course in Gen. Trias, Cavite.

“My focus is to always play my best,” she said.

But Del Rosario, who dominated the LPGT with four victories in 2017 and nipped Princess Superal in the last of two LPGT bubble tournaments at Riviera late last year, has opted to tone down the level of expectations for another title shot, saying: “No expectations since everyone in the field is capable of playing good golf.”

Superal, for one, is out for a payback after failing to compete a sweep of the two Riviera tournaments that marked the re-start of the ICTSI-backed circuit, raring to re-stamp her class on a challenging course whose character varies from one hole to another, especially in the presence of the wind.

But the rest of the compact field are also raring to get going and spoil the projected Del Rosario-Superal title clash, including former three-time Order of Merit winner Cyna Rodriguez, Taiwan LPGA Tour veterans Daniella Uy and Marvi Monsalve, along with Gretchen Villacencio, Pamela Mariano, Sunshine Baraquiel and Chanelle Avaricio.

Amateur Laurea Duque spices up the cast in the 54-hole championship as the Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.-organized circuit continues to provide the youth the venue where they could hone their talent and skills and get a feel of competitive play.

Meanwhile, registration for the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Championship, slated 23-25 March at the Norman layout, ends on 12 March. For details, log on to www.pgt.ph.

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