Pinoy golfers brace for tough battle

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    TARLAC. — The 55-player field braces for a tougher, challenging start in golf competitions of the 30th Southeast Asian Games Wednesday, wary not only of each other’s strength and skills but also of the weather that could disrupt the event at the Luisita Golf and Country Club.

    Though most teams were able to practice Tuesday, some were holed up in their quarters at the Athletes Village in New Clark City in nearby Capas due to stormy weather conditions that forced games organizers to call off or postpone games in other cluster venues such as Subic, Clark, La Union and Tagaytay.

    The Philippines, Thailand and Singapore, all housed in nearby hotels here, made the most of their opportunity to further hone up under drizzle and are ready and raring to launch their respective drive in the men’s and women’s individual play of the 54-hole tournament.

    The match play is set this weekend with the first round featuring 20 matches and the next 10. The final round will be 10 matches.

    While Thailand intends to sweep all four gold medals after winning three in Kuala Lumpur, the Pinoy hosts have vowed to foil them as they seek to atone for the country’s lone bronze medal finish in 2017. The local bets also hope to cash in on their local knowledge of the exacting Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course where terrors lurk in every corner.