While she relishes nailing her first crown on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, Ploychompoo Wirairungreung wants to showcase her true potential and at the same time test her mental toughness when she shoots for a sweep of the ICTSI Champion Tour at Tagaytay Midlands unfolding Wednesday (July 25).
With the weather expected to improve in the coming week, the organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and co-sanctioning Taiwan LPGA Tour see a fierce duel in all three days of the $75,000 championship unlike last week when Wirairungreung wrapped it all up in just 36 holes in the rain-shortened event at Manila Southwoods.
The 23-year-old ace from Chiang Rai said she would’ve wanted to play it through the cancelled round at Southwoods to see if she could measure up and withstand the pressure. But her pair of bogey-free 65 and 69 more than underscored her superb form, which she hopes to dish out at Midlands.
But she expects a tougher challenge from practically the same field she outclassed by four at Southwoods, headed by local ace Princess Superal, who settled for joint second, along with her fellow Thai bidders and the leading Taiwanese players from the TLPGA Tour.
That should make the upcoming championship put up by ICTSI doubly interesting with wind-swept Midlands providing a different kind of challenge with its up-and-down layout, hazards that come into play in most holes and sleek putting surface.
Aside from Wirairungreung and Superal, also back in the hunt are Thais Supamas Sangchan, Chonlada Chayanun and former Philippine Ladies Masters champions Saranporn Langkulgasettrin and Renuka Suksukont, and top TLPGA campaigners Chen Min-Jou, Hsin Lee, Chang Hsuan-Ping, Lin Tzu-Chi and Lee Chia-Pei.
Amateur sisters Hou Yu-Chiang, who tied for second with Superal and Sangchan, and Hou Yu-Sang are also tipped to contend and spoil the pros’ title drive in the event along with fellow amateurs Hsuan Chen, Chou Yi-Tsen and Yen Yu-Hsin.
The event, serving as the 11th leg of this year’s LPGT, has also lured participants from Korea, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia and the US, all eyeing to contend for the top $15,000 purse.
Meanwhile, Wirairungreung and Superal, along with a select number of pros, prime up for the championship as they team up with officials and guests of the event’s chief backers, including ICTSI, Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZGm PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf, in the pro-am tournament on Tuesday.
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