Like majority of the compact field, Pauline del Rosario is eager to get restarted in the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour resumption on Tuesday, November 17, armed with a swing she enhanced during the long layoff caused by the global health crisis.
“These tournaments are giving me the chance to see some of the changes I’ve been working on in my game,” said del Rosario, the first Filipina to win on the LPGA of Taiwan in 2017.
That feat actually spiked a sterling rookie pro season for the former Philippine Ladies Open champion, who racked up four LPGT victories to claim the Order of Merit diadem.
If not for the pandemic, she would have played four to five tournaments in Taiwan as part of her buildup for a crack at the LPGA Qualifying School.
During the long break, del Rosario kept herself in form through daily workouts and doing golf drills — and like everybody else, looked forward to swinging back into action before the year ends.
With the organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc. getting the nod of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Games and Amusements Board to resume operations under strict health and safety guidelines, two tournaments for the men’s and ladies circuits put up by ICTSI were set for November 17 to 20 and December 8 to 11 at the Couples and Langer courses, respectively, of the Riviera golf complex in SIlang, Cavite.
“I’ve been preparing for the resumption of the tournaments since the lifting of the lockdown. During the break, I’ve been following a workout program and made sure I was physically and mentally in shape,” said del Rosario.
So do the rest of the ladies cast that includes fellow former OOM winners Princess Superal and Chihiro Ikeda; three-time OOM winner and former LPGA campaigner Cyna Rodriguez; Sarah Ababa, Gretchen Villacencio, Marvi Monsalve and Daniella Uy; and brand-new pros Abby Arevalo and Chanelle Avaricio.
But focus will be on the 22-year-old del Rosario, thrilled and excited over the LPGT restart and the chance to brandish her brand-new game in the new normal.
“If I’ll be able to apply what I have been doing during my practice into a tournament-setting, I can play good golf,” she said.