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It is the third restart of the country’s premier ladies’ circuit.

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HARMIE Constantino (left) and Chanelle Avaricio headline the cast of the ICTSI Aoki Classic at Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Gen. Trias, Cavite. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF LPGT

A bit rusty but fully-energized, the ladies of the Philippine Golf Tour set out for what is seen to be a wide-open battle for top honors in the ICTSI Aoki Classic at Eagle Ridge, which gets under way Wednesday in Gen. Trias, Cavite.

Harmie Constantino marked her pro debut with a victory over Princess Superal at the same course last March. But with Superal skipping the event to resume her Japan campaign, the 54-hole event will be anybody’s game.

It is the third restart of the country’s premier ladies’ circuit. The tour was interrupted due to the spike of coronavirus cases in NCR Plus last July.

The field includes the likes of Chanelle Avaricio, Daniella Uy, Sunshine Baraquiel, Lovelyn Guioguio, Apple Fudolin and Marvi Monsalve.

Also seeing action are former leg winners Chihiro Ikeda and Sarah Ababa, Shery Villasencio, Pamela Mariano, Eva Miñoza, Florence Bisera and Majorie Pulumbarit.

The P750,000 event is put up by ICTSI.

Eagle Ace Superal, Mafy Singson and Korean Jane Jeong provide an interesting sidelight as they vie for low amateur honors with Laurea Duque and Burberry Zhang.

The organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc. is imposing strict safety measures to guarantee the health and safety of all those involved as per the Inter-Agency Task Force guidelines and protocols.

Constantino is drawn with Uy and Baraquiel at 8:06 a.m. behind the group of Avaricio, Ikeda and Zhang.

Monsalve plays with Villasensio and Mariano at 8:18 a.m.

Avaricio is also due for a big finish after being foiled twice by absentee Superal at Sherwood Hills and Eagle Ridge-Norman last July.

The long break is expected to have helped Ikeda heal a hand injury that has hampered her past performances.

Meanwhile, the Highlands course in Tagaytay will host the next LPGT stop — the ICTSI Tagaytay Highlands Challenge — on 9 to 11 November with Gretchen Villacencio joining the fray after skipping the Eagle Ridge sortie for medical reasons.

Meantime, two more tournaments are being eyed for the touring ladies at the Riviera Golf and Country Club in SIlang, Cavite on 23 to 26 November and 30 November to 3 December.

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