ICTSI unfolds at Camp John Hay-A A +A
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
ANGELO Que hopes to cash in his weeklong rest following a final round meltdown at Solaire Open as he guns for the title in the ICTSI Camp John Hay Championship teeing off today at the Camp John Hay fairways.
Skipping the opening leg of the tournament at The Splendido in Tagaytay, Que will try to put off his failed bid in the Solaire Open at The Country Club.
He led the top-level tournament in the second and third rounds but tumbled out of contention when he made a 12 on the par-5 No. 2 of the TCC in the final round.
Canada’s Richard Lee snatched the crown, while Que finished in joint 21st after an 82 while The Splendido Classic was won by Jay Bayron in come-from-behind fashion.
But despite that, Que is expected to contend at the tricky par-69 layout, in the 72-hole P2 million championship offering a top prize of P360,000.
The John Hay lay out would be a a virtual playground for the tour’s long-hitters, guaranteeing a shootout in all four days sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Bayron actually looms as the player to beat at John Hay where he ruled last year, also through a final round rally that saw him overhaul a five-stroke lead with a closing 59 and edge Miguel Tabuena on the second playoff hole.
With Bayron enjoying the momentum and the drive for back-to-back victory, Que and Tabuena are setting an all out motivation by their desire to atone for past mishaps in their chase for the top P360,000 purse.
Elmer Salvador and Tony Lascuna, who both fell short of their title bids at Splendido, along with Cassius Casas, winner of this year’s The Country Club Invitational who was disqualified after signing a wrong scorecard will also be in the hunt.
Other top local players competing are Frankie Minoza, Zanie Boy Gialon, James Ryan Lam, Charles Hong, Jhonnel Ababa, Mhark Fernando, Anthony Fernnado, Clyde Mondilla, Elmer Saban, Rey Pagunsan, Gerald Rosales and Carl Santos-Ocampo.
Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski, joint 10th at Splendido, will again lead the foreign bets including Manila-based Canadian Rick Gibson is also seeing action, along with Dutchman Guido Van der Valk, Japan’s Tomokazu Yoshinaga, Tony Guerrero and Elliot Hume of the US and Koreans Kim Chang Hoi, Mun Jae Hyung, Gyuha Park and Park Jin Hyeon.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 26, 2014.