Avaricio eyes elusive win at Aoki Classic

CHANELLE Avaricio is looking to end her title drought this week when she competes in the ICTSI Aoki Classic at Eagle Ridge this Wednesday in Gen. Trias, Cavite.

The Alabama State U alumna barely missed getting her first win at Sherwood Hills, falling short by one to Princess Superal, and then losing by three to her again at Eagle Ridge-Norman, both last July, before play on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour was suspended due to the spike of coronavirus cases in NCR Plus.

Those setbacks are expected to strengthen not just her game but her mental fortitude as well as she resumes her pursuit of the elusive crown at the third restart of the country’s premier ladies circuit put up by ICTSI.

The 54-hole championship offers a total prize fund of P750,000.

Contenders include Harmie Constantino, Chihiro Ikeda, Daniella Uy, Cyna Rodriguez, Sunshine Baraquiel, and Marvi Monsalve.

A host of others are also raring to spring a surprise, including Sarah Ababa, Lovelyn Guioguio, Apple Fudolin, Pamela Mariano, Eva Miñoza, Florence Bisera, Majorie Palumbarit, and Sheryl Villacencio, in a title chase that could go down to the last shot or putt.

The touring ladies will next test the tricky Highlands course in the ICTSI Tagaytay Highlands Challenge on Nov. 9-11 with Gretchen Villacencio joining the hunt after skipping the Eagle Ridge sortie for medical reasons. (JNP)