Dumandan, Bayron Start Singapore Open Bid Today
SINGAPORE -- Marvin Dumandan and Jay Bayron lead a big Philippine contingent seeing action in the Singapore Open Amateur Championship beginning today at the Singapore Island Country Club's Bukit course.
Toughened up by recent stints abroad, including at the North Orange Country Amateur Championship in California which Dumandan won in come-from-behind fashion, the RP bets are confident of retaining the team crown Juvic Pagunsan and Michael Bibat won last year over Malaysia.
"In terms of confidence-building and exposure, our stints in the US really helped up us a lot," said Dumandan, also the reigning DHL Open champion, in Filipino. "We'll do our best to come up with a fine start and hope to sustain it."
The 27-year-old Dumandan and Bayron are two of the pool of players training the ICTSI golf program, put up early this year by the RP's leading and one of the world's top port management companies, to provide the country's jungolfers and amateurs a venue where they could hone their talent and skills.
Considered as the country's No. 1 amateur after Pagunsan and Artemio Murakami turned pro early this year, Dumandan, however, admitted that they are in for a tough outing in the two-player team championship owing to a talent-laden field.
Then there's the long, daunting par-72 layout, whose tight fairways, thick roughs and unpredictable putting surface are expected to bring out the best, or worst, from the competing field. …