MURCIA, Negros Occidental – Justin Quiban sets out for his title-retention drive brimming with confidence, ready to slug it out with the best of the best, including a slew of foreign aces, in the ICTSI Bacolod Golf Challenge firing off today (Wednesday, June 12) at the Bacolod Golf Club here.
Quiban banked on three solid rounds to rule this event last year with the young rising shotmaker upbeat of duplicating his fine start and sustaining it to the finish in what promises to be a slam-bang chase for the crown in this P2.5 million event serving as the second of the four-stage Visayan swing of the circuit put up by ICTSI.
“I feel good about my chances to defend my title here,” said Quiban, who vowed to play aggressive at the tight par-70 layout unlike last week at Club Filipino de Cebu where emphasis was on iron game. He gets an early test as he drew veteran Tony Lascuña and Thai Pachara Sakulyong in the 11 a.m. flight on No. 10.
“I’ll use my driver more here to attack the reachable par-4s. I played a conservative game last week (in Cebu) but now it will be the opposite,” added the former amateur hotshot, who has also nailed a victory in the inaugural PGT Asia at Luisita in 2017.