MIA Piccio and Jayvie Agojo pulled off close wins to join four other Filipinas in the second round of match play in the Women’s Trans National Golf Championship at the Members Club at Woodcreek in Columbia, South Carolina on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
The US-based Piccio, who rallied from an 80 opening in the stroke play with a 72 to make the knockout stage, drained a pressure-packed six-foot par putt on the first extra hole to nip Aussie Grace Lennon and arrange a Last 32 clash with Aurora Kan, who routed Maureen Dunnagan, 5 & 4.
Agojo, who placed joint ninth in the stroke play elims, clinched a 1-up victory over Thuhashini Selvaratnam of Arizona to seal a second-round duel with Tilly Poulsen, who trounced Courtney Boe, 6 & 5, in the other side of the draw.
Cyna Rodriguez and Princess Superal scored 7 & 5 romps over Rachel Wyatt and Kaitlin Matheson, respectively.
Dottie Ardina, slowly regaining her form, booted out Mary Chandler Bryan, 5 & 4, while Sarah Ababa outlasted Manuela Carbajo of Argentina, 2 & 1.
Agojo and Rodriguez could end up facing each other in the Last 16 if they win their next matches. Rodriguez faces Regina Plasensia next.
Ababa sets out against Kate Scarpetta with a victory likely to line her up against low medalist Whitney Hillier of Australia, who scrambled past Maia Schechter, 2 & 1.
Ardina squares off with Texan Kelsey Vines while Superal collides with Collins Bradshaw, who defeated Haley Millsap, 3 & 1.
Lovelynn Guioguio was the lone Filipina casualty, bowing to Jessica Alexander, 2 & 1.