SARAH ABABA fired a three-under 69 to trail Abbey Newton by one stroke at the start of the Women’s Trans National Golf Championship in Columbia, South Carolina on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
After an early exit from the Women’s North and South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst with rounds of 82 and 76, Ababa looked determined to bounce back at the Members Club at Woodcreek.
She came up with four birdies against a bogey in the first round of the 36-hole stroke elimination phase of the annual event featuring the world’s leading junior players. Ababa shared second place with Breanna Elliott.
Newton led the 94-player field with a solid four-under 68. The top 64 players after two rounds will advance to the match-play phase.
Princess Superal matched par 72 for joint ninth with Jessica Alexander while Dottie Ardina and Jayvie Agojo both carded 74s.
Ardina, the best place Filipino at Pinehurst at joint 23rd, salvaged a two-over card to tie Agojo, who reached the Last 16 stage here last year.
Cyna Rodriguez, however, struggled with a 76 and was in 24th place, Lovelynn Guioguio continued to grope for form and hobbled with a 77 for joint 35th and Mia Piccio limped with an 80 for a share of 54th place with nine others.