Que, Pagunsan shoot for 4th TCC crown-A A +A
Sunday, January 27, 2013
ANGELO Que and Juvic Pagunsan head the elite cast in The Country Club Invitational set on Feb. 7-10, both driven to nail the coveted crown a record fourth time at the wind-raked TCC course in Laguna.
Pagunsan, the former Asian Tour No. 1, shattered Que’s grand slam dream last year, dominating the field with a four-day display of brilliant shotmaking en route to a four-stroke romp over Elmer Salvador in what has become the country’s major golfing championship.
But the former Philippine Open champion and three-time Asian Tour winner Que is out to redeem himself from a joint fourth place finish last year after romping off with back-to-back crowns from 2010, his sights set on the crown no less.
So do Pagunsan and the rest of the stellar 36-player field.
Not only will the winner pocket the P1.5 million purse from a record P5 million total pot but also gain the confidence heading to this year’s 17-stage ICTSI-Philippine Golf Tour which fires off in March.
That should make the title race wide open and doubly interesting on a course where no one holds a distinct advantage.
Last year’s ICTSI-PGT Order of Merit winner Tony Lascuna has actually built some kind of momentum when he ruled the Sabah Masters early this month, making him one of the chief title contenders in the 11th staging of the 72-hole event.
Others tipped to crowd the fancied bets are former champions Cassius Casas (2003), Jerome Delariarte (2005), Artemio Murakami (2009) along with young guns Zanie Boy Gialon, Miguel Tabuena, Charles Hong, Carl Santos-Ocampo and Clyde Mondilla.
Jay Bayron, winner of last year’s Asian Development Tour OOM crown, is also in the fold along with Asian Tour campaigner Mars Pucay and former local tour leg winners Mhark Fernando and Jhonnel Ababa and title-hungry Elmer Saban, Rufino Bayron, Richard Sinfuego and Jun Bernis. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 28, 2013.