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SEA Games: Barring flooded greens, PH bets ready

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By Waylon Galvez

Whether it rains or shines, the Philippine Team is more than ready to start its campaign when the golf event kicks off today in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Luisita Golf and Country Clun in Tarlac.

Members of Team Phl (from left) Bernice Ilas-Olivarez, Lois Kaye Go and Bianca Pagdanganan display their medals as they pose with team captain and NGAP sec-gen Bones Floro after sweeping the team and individual crowns in the Santi Cup of the South East Asia Golf Team Championships in Myanmar.

Philippine Team members Lois Kaye Go, left, and Bianca Pagdanganan with NGAP Secretary-General Bones Floro during the Santi Cup of the Southeast Asia Golf Team Championships in Myanmar. (File Photo)

National Golf Association of the Philippines secretary-general Bones Floro said yesterday that members of the national team even had a full practice session even with the downpour.

This year’s format is stroke individual play in the first two days, and match play in the final three.

The opening of the golf competition was placed in peril due to typhoon Tisoy, but Floro said that following a meeting among SEAG technical officials, it’s likely action will start as scheduled.

“The tee times are still on for tomorrow at 8 in the morning,” said Floro. “But we will move them depending on the current weather conditions at the time as decided by technical director Eddy Putra (Indonesia).”

The national team is banking on familiarity in playing the par-72 course as the Filipinos aim to score a sweep of the four gold medals at stake, two in the team event men’s and women’s and two in individual, also for men’s and women’s categories.

The men’s team is composed of Luis Castro of the University of North Carolina, Aidric Chan of San Jose State University, Carl Corpus of the Arizona University and Sean Ramos, the only high school player based here.

For the women’s team, Bianca Pagdanganan of Arizona University and Lois Kaye Go of University of South Carolina will banner the squad together with Abby Arevalo of the SJSU Spartans.

Pagdanganan and Go are members of the gold medal winning Philippine team during the Asian games last year alongside individual women’s champion Yuka Saso, who begged off due to a conflict in schedule with the finals of the Japan Golf Tour qualifying tournament.

In the previous SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, the Philippines won a bronze courtesy of Go.

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