Del Rosario aims for victory at ICTSI Philippine Masters



Pauline del Rosario is set to tackle the challenges of long-distance travel as she competes for the championship in the ICTSI Villamor Ladies Philippine Masters, starting on Wednesday at Villamor Golf Club in Pasay City.

Coming off the Epson Tour campaign, del Rosario flew in from Utah to participate in the fourth leg of the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour. She aims to bounce back after coming up just short in her title defense at Caliraya Springs last April, finishing two strokes behind Harmie Constantino.

The 2017 LPGT Order of Merit winner, who secured four victories in her rookie season, is determined to vie for the championship while also getting ready for her next Epson Tour event in Michigan next month.

Despite acknowledging the differences between Villamor and the courses on the Epson Tour, del Rosario remains optimistic. She stated, “I’ll just take it day-by-day. Villamor is very different than what we play on the Epson Tour, but I welcome that as a challenge.” Del Rosario has been competing for five consecutive weeks and expressed her appreciation for having an LPGT event during her off-week.

Apart from del Rosario, defending champion Harmie Constantino will be a player to watch at the P750,000 event. Constantino, who won the second and third legs of the tour at Palos Verdes and Caliraya Springs, aims to capitalize on her familiarity with the course where she developed her skills in junior golf.

Among the emerging talents, Mikha Fortuna is eyeing a strong finish as she looks for her second career victory after winning the TCC Match Play Invitational at The Country Club last year.

Former national team standout Lois Kaye Go is also eager for a breakthrough in the ladies’ circuit. Despite leading the Palos Verdes event after two rounds in March, Go faced final round pressure and ended up tied for fourth place.

The event will also feature other notable contenders like Apo leg winner Sarah Ababa, former leg champion Florence Bisera, and players Pamela Mariano, Gretchen Villacencio, Apple Fudolin, Rev Alcantara, Kristine Fleetwood, Lucy Landicho, Velinda Castil, Kayla Nocum, and Chihiro Ikeda.

With a competitive field and players like Seoyun Kim, Minyeong Kim, and Eunhua Nam in top form, the 54-hole tournament promises an intense battle for the championship.

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