FRANKIE Miñoza takes a break from his hectic European seniors tour and Japan PGA Tour campaigns as he joins the chase for the top P200,000 purse in the Aboitiz Cebu Country Club (CCC) Invitational tomorrow at the CCC.

This marks the first time that Miñoza will be slugging it out with the country’s cream of the crop since finishing joint sixth in The Country Club Invitational in January.

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He hopes to get the top honors this time.

Although he now has a busy schedule in the seniors tour abroad, the 50-year-old Miñoza has always made himself available to play in the local tour whenever he’s free, providing inspiration to the local pros, particularly the younger ones.

Miñoza’s presence is also expected to add prestige to the P1-million event, which already teems with talent in Asian Tour regulars Juvic Pagunsan, Angelo Que, Tony Lascuna, Artemio Murakami and Mars Pucay.

Also in the fold are leg winners on the ICTSI-Philippine Golf Tour, headed by reigning RP Open winner Elmer Salvador, Marvin Dumandan and Benjie Magada and young turks Ferdie Aunzo, Jay Bayron, Antonio Asistio II and Rufino Bayron.

The tournament serves as the 10th leg of the 14-stage ICTSI-PGT circuit, with Aboitiz Equity Ventures coming in as chief sponsor of the 54-hole championship organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

With Miñoza and a slew of talents in the 80-player roster, a wide open battle is seen right in the first round of the tournament. (PR)