Rianne Malixi should feel comfortable in a one-on-one format as she is in contention for medals, looking to cap off a commanding campaign on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour at the ICTSI Villamor Match Play Invitational taking place on Tuesday. November 15 at the Villamor Golf Club.
Malixi has won all three of his stroke play appearances in this year’s LPGT and is keen to end the season with another championship in the knockout event underscoring the return of professional golf to a new post-pandemic normal.
But the 15-year-old rising star, who missed the Thailand Amateur Open in sudden death but led the Thai junior world and then finished second in the Asia-Pacific Women’s Amateur Championship last month, is not a stranger to one-on-one duels, having competed in the US Girls, US Amateurs, Women’s Western Amateur and American Junior Golf Association.
This makes Malixi, who reigned at Luisita, Valley and Riviera, once again the player to beat in the upcoming event hosted by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. where the top 16 players after the 11-round LPGT compete for the top purse. of P280,000 in a series of confrontations spread over four days.
“I’m more comfortable in match play. I had some funny experiences in my past results (match play) in the United States. It’s a confidence booster since I know this format,” said Malixi, who, however, remained cautious about her chances on the tight and difficult par-72 military layout.
“I don’t know Villamor very well, who I played once when I was 9, so I can’t wait to see what the layout will be like. I believe consistency is key, especially the short game “, she added.
The premium will indeed be on consistency and accuracy given Villamor’s narrow tree-lined fairways and few water hazards, well-maintained bunkers and greens as well as roughs that are expected to rise an inch over the course of the game. tournament week.
But what makes the picturesque layout, home to the Philippine Masters, worth playing is that it has transformed into a fabulous course after undergoing a facelift over the past couple of years, including upgrading up three new toilets and boardwalks on each hole, among other things. , thanks to the initiative of the adviser colonel Roelito Nolasco.
Thick bushes have also been trimmed to give players an unobstructed view of adjacent holes without compromising the challenges the course presents.
Meanwhile, Malixi’s amateur teammate and ICTSI teammate Mafy Singson, who also eclipsed the pros to reign at Splendido Taal last May, also bolsters the match play cast led by this year’s Order of Merit winner. and two-round champion Chihiro Ikeda.
Pradera Verde’s list of titles is completed by Harmie Constantino, Sarah Ababa, Pamela Mariano, Gretchen Villacencio, Marvi Monsalve, Sunshine Baraquiel, winner of last year’s Highlands stage, Lovelynn Guioguio, Apple Fudolin, Eva Miñoza, Lucy Landicho, Kristine Fleetwood, Florence Bisea and Martina. Minosa.
The quarter-finals will be played on Wednesday with the semi-finals and finals on Thursday and Friday, respectively, simultaneously with the 32-man men’s competition.
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