Glee­son, Jor­dan seek 2nd PGT Asia plum

Manila Times - - Sports -

DAVID GLEE­SON and Damien Jor­dan set out for the ICTSI Pradera Verde Clas­sic all psyched up, ea­ger to cash in on their power for an­other crack at a PGT Asia crown when the $100,000 event is

Verde Golf and Coun­try Club.

The Aussies broke the Filipinos’ stran­gle­hold of the re­gion’s new­est cir­cuit with con­trast­ing vic­to­ries last year with Glee­son edg­ing Er­win Ar­cil­las on the third ex­tra hole to claim the Luisita Cham­pi­onship and Jor­dan sus­tain­ing a bril­liant start to beat Thai Nam­chok Tan­tipokhakul by four in the Aboitiz In­vi­ta­tional at the Or­chard.

The Filipinos, on the other

of the PGTA’s sec­ond sea­son held through 2018- 19, mak­ing the eighth stop this week in Lubao, Pam­panga a vir­tual clash of a lo­cal crew out to re­assert its might and

im­pose their strength on a well­main­tained course that puts premium on power and shot­mak­ing.

But a slew of other for­eign aces

elite cast that in­cludes the


Art­janawat, Pasavee Lertvi­lai, Poosit Supupra­mai and Tham­manoon Sriroj along with Amer­i­cans Syd­ney Chung, Dy­lan Jack­son, Andy Kang and Lexus Keon­inh, English­men Ben­jamin David, Joe Knox and Ge­orge Twyman, Keisuke Taka­hashi of Ja­pan, Korean Hwang Myung Chal, Spain’s Sal­vador Paya Vila and Peter Sto­janovski of Mace­do­nia, all chas­ing their first cham­pi­onship in the cir­cuit put up by ICTSI.

Glee­son and Jor­dan, along with a select num­ber of pros, get

Pradera lay­out in to­mor­row’s pro-am tour­na­ment where they

guests of the event’s chief back­ers, in­clud­ing ICTSI, Cus­tom Club­mak­ers, Mer­alco, K&G Golf Ap­parel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Em­pire Golf and Sports and M.Y. Shokai Tech­nol­ogy, Inc.

Jhon­nel Ababa ruled the in­au­gu­ral Pradera Clas­sic last year, com­plet­ing a rare back- to- back ti­tle romp in the cir­cuit fol­low­ing his tri­umph at Ea­gle Ridge. But the for­mer am­a­teur hot­shot will be hard pressed to make it two straight given the depth of the

For one, the tall, sturdy Jor­dan’s game could fit at Pradera, thus giv­ing him an early edge off the mound al­though if the winds come into play, it could put se­vere op­tions on pre­ci­sion which could

Mean­while, aside from Ababa, who also won at For­est Hills last year, other Pi­noys tipped to con­tend are leg win­ners Jay Bay­ron and James Ryan Lam along with for­mer PGT Or­der of Merit win­ners Tony Las­cuña and Clyde Mondilla, Elmer Sal­vador, Jer­son Balasabas, Michael Biba and Justin Quiban.

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