Four Cebu teams will be seeing action on the 9th Philippine Airlines (PAL) Ladies Interclub tees off Thursday at the par-72 course of Alta Vista Golf and Country Club in Pardo, Cebu City.
Host Alta Vista, which is joining the tournament for the first time, will be playing alongside two teams from Cebu Country Club and the team of Mactan Island Golf Club.
The host team will be led by 17-year-old Ericka Lim, the back-to-back ladies club champion.
Other players of the host team are twins Gabee and Kylah Crystal, 11-year-old Wei Fang Gao, 17-year-old Annika Yeo, Korean Choi Yi Hwa, Marisol Pasion, and team captain Marina Kaufmann.
Cebu Country Club A will be skippered by Catrina Martinez. Her players are junior golf standouts Junia Gabasa and Lois Kaye Go, Mary Kim Hong, Abbey Olea, Crystal Superal and sisters Hannah Jayne and Jyra Mae Wong.
Cebu Country Club B is led by Lalay Lava and her teammates are Mercy Bejar, Dr. Mila Chan, Grace Choi, Lee Moon Soon, Riko and Ryoko Nagai, and Conchita Vangelder.
Rachel ‘Che-che’ Darnall is the team captain of Mactan and her players are Liwayway de la Pieza, Cherry Ferry, Visyl Hanson, Vergie Lou Hwang, Genelyn Inot, Jenny Lerio, and 12-year-old Angela Mangana.
With the theme “Angels in Flight,” this year’s tournament has drawn a total of 25 teams led by defending champion Manila Southwoods Masters.
The team will be composed of skipper Bernadette Abiera, Annika Cedo, Sofia Chabon, Sofia Angela Legaspi, Marie Claire Ong, Lora Robero, and Christine Valdehueza.
The lone international team in the event is the Lady Eagles of Australia.
In the team captains’ meeting, tournament director Henry Arabelo briefed the participants on the guidelines. Also present were Dina May Flores of PAL, who is co-chair of the executive committee, and Nimrod Quiñones, general manager of the host club.
Hitting the ceremonial balls were Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, Philippine Airlines general manager Jaime Bautista, and Alta Vista chairman Renato ‘Oly’ Dychangco, Jr.
The tournament will run for three days with the players set two play two rounds within that period.
They would also be classified under four divisions – Championship, Founders, Sportswriters, and Friendship based on the average handicap of the team members.
Tee off time starts at 7 a.m.
Club members, who would like to play can play nine holes early morning starting at 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and the course will again be opened to non-participants starting at 12 noon to 1 p.m.