Artemio Murakami looms as favorite
Artemio Murakami looms as favorite

The fourth leg of the ICTSI-Philippine Golf Tour – the ICTSI Pueblo de Oro Championships begins today at the Pueblo de Oro Golf and Country Club in Cagayan de Oro City.

However, a wide-open battle for the top P200,000 purse is expected as Davao leg champ Juvic Pagunsan opted to skip this week’s event and compete on the Malaysia Tour, along with Tony Lascuña, Mars Pucay, Benjie Magada and Peter Miñoza.

That leaves Artemio Murakami and Jerome Delariarte plus a host of others to fight it out for the title in the 54-hole tournament serving as the fourth leg of a 10-stage circuit put up by ICTSI (International Container Terminal Services, Inc.) and backed by MJ Carr Golf Management.

Current Order of Merit leader Marvin Dumandan, who won at Eagle Ridge and finished second at Mt. Malarayat, is also tipped to contend for the crown again after finishing fifth at Apo, along with Danny Zarate, winner of the kickoff leg at Mt. Malarayat, Elmer Salvador, Ramil Bisera, Jun Bernis, Carito Villaroman, Richard Abaring, Ebarra Quiachon, Ruben Sasutil and Elmer Saban.

An 18-hole pro-am tournament, which featured some of the leading pros and ICTSI guests and sponsors of the event, including Pisanti, The Country Club, Srixon, FAMI, Business Mirror, Motorola, Omnisource and Pepsico, was held Tuesday.

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