PRINCESS SUPERAL came up with two huge wins to reach the finals of Women’s Trans National Golf Championship at the Members Club at Woodcreek in Columbia, South Carolina on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
Superal, 15, used exceptional putting to overcome Rika Park’s two-hole lead at the turn and pulled through on the second extra hole in their quarterfinal duel then overwhelmed Rinko Matsunaga, 3&2, in the semifinals to gain a shot at the championship.
“She was so brilliant on the greens, making long, improbable putts,” said team coach Bong Lopez. “But she displayed a big fighting heart, never giving up against Park in the quarters.”
Superal goes for the crown against Breanna Elliott of Australia in a marathon 36-hole duel on Saturday.
Elliott nipped Susanna Grunden, 2&1, in the quarterfinal and thumped Vanessa Koechli, 4&3, in the semis.
Superal’s amazing game also propelled the team that also includes also Dottie Ardina, Cyna Rodriguez, Mia Piccio, Lovelynn Guioguio and Jayvie Agojo, to the Howell Team Trophy title of the event for the third straight year.
Down by one against Mitsunaga, who booted out top seed Whitney Hillier in the second round, Superal rolled in a six-footer for birdie on the ninth to square the match then went 1-up with another birdie from 13 feet on No. 10.
She stayed hot on the greens when they came out of a one-hour delay, taking No. 14 to go 2-up before wrapping up the match with a scintillating 45-foot birdie on the 16th as Mitsunaga flubbed her own bid from eight feet.
Against Park, Superal fell by two after nine holes but birdied the par-3 No. 12 to close to within one. She took No. 15, another par-3, with a 14-foot birdie to draw level then salvaged par from 30 feet to halve the 16th. Both parred the last two holes to extend the match.
After both made pars on the first extra hole, Superal hit a long putt for birdie while Park missed a 10-footer.