THE 9th Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, which tees off on March 11 at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club in Davao City, is expected to bigger.

The annual golfest, which will benefit the Adopt-A-School program of the Phoenix Philippines Foundation (PPF), expects participants here and abroad.

Tournament ogranizer Liloh Evangelista, in a press conference held at the Go Hotels Wednesday, said proceeds will benefit a total of 21 schools.

"Participants from the U.S. and Canada attended the event last year and we expect more foreign participants to come this year," Evangelista said, adding that Phoenix Petroleum chief executive officer (CEO) Dennis Uy will grace the shot gun tee-off.

Since 2009, the petroleum company has been committed to its advocacies on education, environment, health, and outreach.

Through initiating sports events like the golf tournament, PPF continues its program in providing libraries, school essentials, and support the monthly salaries of teachers.

Evangelista also said the event will be an 18-hole Stableford scoring system, adding that entries could be team, partner or individual.

The lucky player to hit a hole-in-one will receive P100,000 worth of Phoenix fuel/lube gift certificates, a brand new Tata Xenon 4x4 Premium and a Mercedes Benz.

Evangelista promised that no one will go home empty-handed as raffle items will also be given away during the awarding rites at the RPVGCC clubhouse.

Registration fee is P5,000 inclusive of Rudy Project dri-fit gold

shirt and cap, a Phoenix signature umbrella, and a JBL clip 2 waterproof bluetooth speaker by Harman Kardon.

Registration will start on March 1 at RPVGCC, Dencio's at SM Ecoland and at Phoenix Lanang Mega Station. The first 180 registrants will be accommodated.

Deadline of registration is on March 7. (ABM)