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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Fired-up Korean aims high at ICTSI PH Masters

WHILE Harmie Constantino and Daniella Uy look to bring their brewing rivalry to the next level in the ICTSI Villamor Philippine Masters unfolding Wednesday at the Villamor Golf Club, young Korean Kim Seoyun mounts her own campaign for the elusive first win on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.

Runner-up to amateur Rianne Malixi at Riviera last October and to Pauline del Rosario at Caliraya Springs last month, Kim also moved into title contention at Luisita two weeks ago but faded with five bogeys in the first seven holes in the final round and ended up fifth instead after a 78.

“The last Luisita tournament was really disappointing. The last day was really stressful. All my shots were a mess. Nevertheless, I think it’s a point where I can try again,” said Kim.

There’s really no way to go for the 16-year-old campaigner but up and she worked on her irons during the break in pursuit of another crack at the crown in the P1 million championship.

Kim Seoyun eyes elusive first win

“I’m practicing my iron shots intensively. I’m also paying a lot of attention on my game to minimize my mistakes,” added Kim, who will be joined by compatriot Yang Juyoung and amateurs Lee Jiwon Nam Eunhua in the 54-hole event put up by ICTSI.

While the locals, particularly Constantino who calls the flat but demanding layout home, have the proverbial local knowledge, Kim remains hopeful of her chances for a breakthrough in the tournament organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and held side-by-side with the men’s tour.

“I haven’t played at Villamor yet. But I heard that the fairways are narrow, so I know that the tee-shot is very important. I will not stop in pursuing my goal and I will always do my best to achieve it.”

So do Constantino and Uy, who are tipped to dispute the crown again after figuring in a heated duel at Luisita with the former snaring the crown in sudden death. Constantino also ruled the inaugural ICTSI Villamor Match Play Invitational last November.

But the rest of the bidders, including top local amateur Mafy Singson, are also all geared up for a shot at the title on a tight course which favors no particular player and which puts emphasis on accuracy and ball control, including Chihiro Ikeda, Marvi Monsalve, Florence Bisera, Pamela Mariano and the steady Sarah Ababa.

Completing the compact cast are Sheryl Villasencio, Gretchen Villacencio, Lovelynn Guioguio, Lucy Landicho, Eva Miñoza, Kristine Fleetwood, Apple Fudolin, Majorie Pulumbarit and Monica Mandario.

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