JPGT Bacolod swing draws stellar cast

The Philippine Star
JPGT Bacolod swing draws stellar cast
Rhiena Sinfuego
STAR / File

MANILA, Philippines — The potential to compete in the Philippine Junior National Match Play Championship is driving the winners of the ICTSI Junior PGT Iloilo to participate in the first of two Bacolod tournaments making up the Visayas Series of the nationwide circuit.

Rhiena Sinfuego and John Rey Oro, who emerged victorious in the premier 16-18 division last Thursday, lead a group of six other category winners, all eager to replicate their dominant performances at the challenging Iloilo Golf Club.

The JPGT Bacolod Visayas Series, which gets going tomorrow at the Bacolod Golf and Country Club, promises not only more competitive rosters but a demanding Bacolod Golf and Country Club course. Known for its rolling terrains, narrow fairways and small, unpredictable greens, the par-70 course in Binitin, Murcia requires exceptional ball control due to its location in a wind tunnel canal.

John Rey, anticipating a strong comeback from his twin brother John Paul, whom he outlasted in Iloilo, looks forward to competing against talents like Patrick Tambalque and Cody Langamin.

Meanwhile, Sinfuego expects tough competition from Evonne Gotiong, Mikaela Ledesma, Jamela Robles, Breanna Rojas and Necky Tortosa in the girls’ division of the 72-hole tournament.

The five-month nationwide ICTSI-sponsored series includes a four-leg tournament in Mindanao, with points at stake for the JPGT Match Play Championships at The Country Club in Laguna in October. Players earn points based on their performance in each tournament, with no limit on the number of events they can enter. However, only their best results will count towards the final rankings for the 72 spots in the national finals.

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