Manila Southwoods Masters and Del Monte rekindle their spirited rivalry starting today when the seventh playing of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) Ladies Interclub championship tees off at ravine-filled Sta. Barbara in Iloilo.
But this year's battle will have a twist, with Del Monte, which will try to wrest the title away from the Carmona-based bets, playing with a huge handicap of only six players compared to the eight of defending champion Southwoods.
Because of an earlier submitted team average of 2.025, Del Monte had to drop seasoned Lovelyn Guioguio and Sarah Ababa from its original eight-man roster to avoid the penalty of two-to-count format.
Southwoods, which will unveil three teeners in the lineup, including World Junior Championship veteran Abby Arevalo, will have four players seeing action every day.
Del Monte agreed to having only six players, to be able to also field four golfers, with three to count.
Southwoods also gave up a huge name in Jayvie Agojo and will be pinning its hopes on a very young crew led by Arevalo, who won an event in the United States shortly after the Junior Worlds.
Annika Cedo, a long-hitting 13-year-old daughter of swing guru Jun Cedo, and Mia Legaspi also make the Interclub debuts for Southwoods.