THE Philippine Golf Tour caps its milestone 10th season fittingly on a course making its first hosting of the country’s premier circuit – the ICTSI South Pacific Classic which gets under way this Wednesday at the South Pacific Golf & Leisure Estates in Catalunan Pequeño in Davao City.
Coming off back-to-back victories in Taiwan and Apo the last two weeks, Tony Lascuña easily stands out as the marked man in the P3 million event but the veteran will be practically as clueless as the rest of the stellar international field on the challenges posed by the bunker-laden course hosting a tournament of this magnitude for the first time.
Another championship course developed by the Sta. Lucia Development, Inc. chaired by Vicente Santos and designed by Mike Singgaran, the par-72 layout opened its first nine holes in June 2016 with the other nine completed in September 2018.
It features long par-4s and sleek surface with Bermuda 419 turf grass on the tees, roughs and fairways and Zoysia grass on the greens, according to VMJ Evergreen Golf Maintenance and Construction Corp.
With the pros in competitive form coming off a series of tournaments, a low scoring battle looms in all four days of the championship also serving as the fourth leg of the Mindanao swing of the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
“What makes this event interesting is that no one holds an advantage at South Pacific – familiarity-wise. So it’s a question of course management and of course, putting,” said Lascuña, who nevertheless remained confident of stretching his win run to three in his eighth straight tournament.
The field tested the course in yesterday’s official practice round with Lascuña and a select number of pros gaining another chance to play it in today’s pro-am tournament where they will be paired with guests and officials of the event’s chief backers, including ICTSI, Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Champion, Summit Mineral Water, K&G Golf Apparel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT and M.Y. Shokai Technology.