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A strong 11-man crew seeks to record Thai­land’s first cham­pi­onship in the Philip­pine Golf Tour (PGT) Asia, which re­sumes its 2018-19 sea­son with the ICTSI Pradera Verde Clas­sic be­gin­ning Wednes­day at Pradera Verde Golf and Coun­try Club in Lubao, Pam­panga.

The Thais, the Filipinos’ peren­nial ri­vals in the men’s and women’s sides in the am­a­teurs, are due for a break­through in the re­gion’s new­est cir­cuit after Pasavee Lertvi­lai tied for sec­ond to Rene Menor at Splen­dido in 2017 and Nam­chok Tan­tipokhakul fin­ished run­ner-up to Aussie Damien Jor­dan in the Aboitiz In­vi­ta­tional at Or­chard last year.

The Thais are win­less in 14 PGT Asia events so far but re­main hope­ful head­ing to the $100,000 cham­pi­onship, eighth leg of the sec­ond sea­son of the tour.

Lertvi­lai, also a for­mer PGT Asia Qual­i­fy­ing School top­notcher, and Tan­tipokhakul are back as spear­heads of a team that in­cludes vet­eran cam­paigner Wisut Art­janawat, Chon­latit Chuen­boon­ngam, Jaturon Duang­pai­choom, Su­ti­jet Kooratanapisan, Tawit Polthai, Puk Pra­dit­tan, Nirun Sae-ueng, Tham­manoon Sriroj and Piya Swan­garun­porn.

The field will bid for the top $17,500 purse in the 72hole cham­pi­onship or­ga­nized by Pilip­inas Golf Tour­na­ments, Inc.

Jor­dan and Luisita leg win­ner David Glee­son are go­ing all out for a sec­ond win while reg­u­lar cam­paigner Lexus Keon­inh re­sumes his ti­tle hunt.

Mean­while, Filipinos Clyde Mondilla, Tony Las­cuña, Jay Bay­ron and Jhon­nel Ababa test the Pradera on Tues­day in the pro-am tour­na­ment.

Pasavee Lertvi­lai

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