While Harmie Constantino and Daniella Uy look to bring their brewing rivalry to the next level in the ICTSI Villamor Philippine Masters unfolding Wednesday at the Villamor Golf Club, young Korean Kim Seoyun mounts her campaign for the elusive first win on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.
Runner-up to amateur Rianne Malixi at Riviera last October and to Pauline del Rosario at Caliraya Springs last month, Kim also moved into title contention at Luisita two weeks ago but faded with five bogeys in the first seven holes in the final round and ended up fifth instead after a 78.
“The last Luisita tournament was disappointing. The last day was stressful. All my shots were a mess. Nevertheless, I think it’s a point where I can try again,” Kim said.
There’s really no way to go for the 16-year-old campaigner but up and she worked on her irons during the break in pursuit of another crack at the crown in the P1-million championship.
“I’m practicing my iron shots intensively. I’m also paying a lot of attention on my game to minimize my mistakes,” added Kim, who will be joined by compatriot Yang Juyoung and amateurs Lee Jiwon and Nam Eunhua in the 54-hole event put up by ICTSI.
While the locals have the proverbial local knowledge, Kim remains hopeful of her chances for a breakthrough in the tournament organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc. and held side-by-side with the men’s tour.
“I haven’t played at Villamor yet. But I heard that the fairways are narrow, so I know that the tee shot is very important. I will not stop pursuing my goal and I will always do my best to achieve it.”
Constantino and Uy are tipped to dispute the crown again after figuring in a heated duel at Luisita which Constantino won via sudden death. Constantino also ruled the inaugural ICTSI Villamor Match Play Invitational last November.
But the rest of the bidders, including top local amateur Mafy Singson, are also all geared up for a shot at the title on a tight course which puts emphasis on accuracy and ball control.
Completing the compact cast are Chihiro Ikeda, Marvi Monsalve, Florence Bisera, Pamela Mariano, Sarah Ababa, Sheryl Villasencio, Gretchen Villacencio, Lovelynn Guioguio, Lucy Landicho, Eva Miñoza, Kristine Fleetwood, Apple Fudolin, Majoine Pulumbarit and Monica Mandario.