ABEGAIL Arevalo birdied the first playoff hole to beat Pauleen Del Rosario and bag the title in the 15-18 age group of the Ping Summer Championship series on Friday in California (Saturday, Manila time).
The 15-year-old high school student at Southville International School shot a 71 and 74 for a 145 that was matched by Del Rosario in the 36-hole tournament.
After a huge drive in the playoff, Arevalo, an upcoming talent from the ICTSI golf team, landed her approach to within a few feet for birdie. Del Rosario, also a many-time international titlist, made par.
Samantha Martinez, also of the ICTSI team, took third place after rounds of 74 and 76.
Caroline Ordian of California was fourth at 153 (79-74), while Mexico’s Maria Prado and American Megan Hou tied for fifth at 155 after closing out with efforts of 76 and 77, respectively.
Arevalo next sees action in a tournament set Aug. 6 and 7 in Costa Mesa, California.