Gabasa joins hunt as MVPSF unfolds

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    SILANG, Cavite. — Junia Gabasa sets out for what promises to be another fierce showdown with Rianne Malixi as the Cebuana ace joined the title chase in women’s division of the Riviera MVPSF Amateur Championship teeing off Friday at Riviera’s Langer course here.

    Gabasa nipped Malixi by one to claim the W Express RVF Cup in Canlubang last February but the latter got back at the former by snaring the Philippine Junior Amateur Open overall title, also by the slimmest of margins, at Sherwood Hills last April.

    Though they aren’t paired in the first round, Gabasa, who also won the MVPSF Visayas Regional at Cebu Country Club, and Malixi, also the winner of this year’s Phl Amateur Open Match Play at Luisita and the recent Northern Luzon Regional, are tipped to meet in the final day of the 54-hole tournament organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.

    Out to foil their bids are Korean Kwon Yeon Bang and Jody Castillo, who will slug it out with Gabasa in the 8:50 a.m. group, and Kwon Tae Yon and Ye Rin Kim, who will face off with Malixi at 9:10 a.m.