PAL Ladies Interclub: Southwoods, Del Monte rekindle rivalry
MANILA Southwoods Masters and Del Monte rekindle their spirited rivalry starting today when the seventh playing of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) Ladies Interclub championship tees off at ravine-filled
Sta. Barbara in Iloilo.
But this year’s battle will have a twist, with Del Monte, which will try to wrest the title away from the Carmona-based bets, playing with a huge handicap of only six players compared to the eight of defending champion Southwoods.
Because of an earlier submitted team average of 2.025, Del Monte had to drop seasoned Lovelyn Guioguio and Sarah Ababa from its original eight-man roster to avoid the penalty of two-to-count format.
Southwoods, which will unveil three teeners in the lineup led by World Junior Championship veteran Abby Arevalo, will have four players seeing action every day.
Del Monte agreed to having only six players, to be able to also field four golfers, with three to count.
“Although I’m not happy with the development, this will serve as a challenge to our team. We are very hopeful we can pull through,” Del Monte team captain Maribel San Miguel said after the second team
captains’ meeting yesterday morning.
Southwoods also gave up a huge name in Jayvie Agojo and will be pinning its hopes on a very young crew led by Arevalo, who won an event in the United States shortly after the Junior Worlds.
Annika Cedo, a long-hitting 13-year-old daughter of swing guru Jun Cedo, and Mia Legaspi also make the Interclub debuts for Southwoods.
Squads coming from Australia, Japan and Singapore will also be seeing action in the event, which is in the second year of its revival. There are a total of 26 teams entered.
The event has adopted the theme Fairways & Magic and is being sponsored by Airbus, Asia Brewery, Avis Car Rental, Department of Tourism, Mareco Broadcasting Network (Crossover), Media Five, Stargate Media and Solar Entertainment.
The PALakbayan sponsors are B/E Aerospace, Boeing International Corp., RMN Networks and Sarabia Manor Hotel & Conventions Center. Donors include Amazing Planet, Century Properties, Diamond Hotel Phils., EDSA Shangri-la, Plantation Bay Resort & Spa, Print Town/Lexmedia and Tanduay Distillers and Hyatt Hotel & Casino.
Only Manila Southwoods Masters and Del Monte qualified for the Championship division. Completing the Southwoods Masters line-up are Sunshine Baraquel, Christine Naido, and Sandy Velhagen.
The other players of the down-sized Del Monte team are Eva Minoza, Apple Fudolia, Kristine Leonon, Pam Mariano, Baim Roque and Sofia Chabon.
Aside from Southwoods Masters (overall champion), last year’s other winners were Alabang for Founders, Rancho Palos Verdes for Friendship and Manila Southwoods Legends for Sportwriters division.