Local aces in full force for Ladies Open

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    LOCAL aces are going into the Philippine Ladies Open in full force, bracing for three days of tough battle against a slew of foreign bidders who opted to stay put for the 58th staging of the event set to tee off on Feb. 18 at the Manila Golf Club.

    The organizing Women’s Golf Association of the Philippines said a number of campaigners from the United States, Taiwan, Singapore and other neighboring countries have backed out due to the coronavirus outbreak, leaving 68 players to dispute the crown in the country’s premier championship.

    Bets from Japan, Guam, Australia, Indonesia and three players from the US, led by Kristin Oberiano, who totes an index of 0.1, and one from Singapore have signed up for the tournament, all aiming to break the expected domination of the Filipinas in the event sponsored by San Miguel Corp., Diamond Motors, Sunsports and Eva Air.

    SEA Games team gold medalist Abby Arevalo and fellow scratch player Nicole Abelar banner the locals’ campaign, with the likes of Eagle Ace Superal, Sophia Blanco, Junia Gabasa, Arnie Taguines and young Rianne Malixi also tipped to contend for the crown in the tournament backed by Globe, Cherrylume, Courbé and the National Golf Association of the Philippines.