After a three-month hiatus due to the surge in Covid-19 infections at NCR Plus, the ladies of the Philippine Golf Tour are gearing up for a swing of two tournaments next month with the Sherwood Hills Golf Club and the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club Cavite, host of the second restart of the professional route.
Organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. hosted the first resumption after a long eight-month hiatus due to the global health crisis at the Riviera Golf and Country Club late last year and kicked off the LPGT’s ninth season in Eagle Ridge last March.
But the surge in coronavirus cases in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite, where most of the championship courses are located, forced the PGTI to cancel their next scheduled tournament on the Norman Course, also in Eagle Ridge.
This after the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) put the mentioned areas back into the GCQ (general quarantine) due to an increase in Covid-19 cases from the end of March to April and May.
But things are looking up again for the ladies of the tour, who are all preparing for a courageous hunt at the ICTSI Sherwood Ladies Challenge from July 7th to 9th and the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Ladies Classic from July 14th to 16th.
Harmie Constantino staged the multi-titled Princess Superal to capture the ICTSI Eagle Ridge crown on the Aoki layout last March but failed to make it into two rows on her pro debut following the temporary suspension of the ICTSI-sponsored route.
Constantino and Superal are set to lead the title hunt on the resume with Chihiro Ikeda and the likes of Daniella Uy, Marvi Monsalve and former three-time Order of Merit winner and LPGA Tour activist Cyna Rodriguez to spice up the cast who are also expecting themselves prepare a number of amateurs for their respective competitions abroad.
Golf is enjoying some sort of boom after Yuka Saso’s historic win at the recent US Women’s Open in California, where she suffocated Japanese Nasa Hataoka in sudden death to snatch the crown and become the first Filipino to win a major golf championship.
She also linked Korean legend Inbee Park as the youngest ever winner of the world’s best championship at 19 years, 11 months and 17 days.
Their victory also paved the way for the continued popularity of the sport seen as the game during the pandemic, with most clubs and golf courses seeing an increase in turnout among young and adult people as well as weekend hackers.