DOTTIE Ardina is 2-for-2 as a professional, recording an eight-stroke victory in the second leg of the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour on Thursday at the North Course of Canlubang Golf in Laguna.
The 19-year-old Ardina fired a second straight bogey-free six-under 66 and finished the 54-hole tournament at an 11-under 205.
Chihiro Ikeda started the day five shots off the lead and although she maintained second place, she wound up further behind at 213 after a closing 69 featuring four birdies in the last six holes.
“I just stayed focused and I’m happy to beat the course for the second straight day,” said Ardina, who pocketed another P100,000 .
“With dad’s (Ed) help, we really prepared hard for this tour.”
Unlike in her victory in the kickoff leg of the inaugural ladies circuit at The Country Club last month where she came from behind to edge amateur Princess Superal by one, Ardina this time made sure to pull away from the pack early. She hit birdies on two of the first three holes and extended her lead to seven at the turn.
It was cruise control for Ardina from there as Ikeda never got going until late in the round. The former Southeast Asian Games champion settled for the runner-up prize of P70,000.
“She’s so good today. She could make the putt from any distance,” said Ikeda.
Superal rallied with a 69 to finish third at even 216 worth P45,000 and emerge the top amateur for the second straight leg while Anya Tanpinco carded a second 71 for a 219 and wound up fourth in the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Gatorade, Sharp and Custom Clubmakers.
First-round leader Lovelynn Guioguio never recovered from a second day 78 and hobbled with a 77 to drop to joint sixth at 225 with Lucy Landicho, who fired a 72. ICTSI amateur team’s Sofia Chabon turned in a 74 to claim solo eighth at 227.
Apple Fudolin made a 78 and ended up ninth at 230 ,while amateur Bernice Olivarez-Ilas shot a 76 to share 10th place at 231 with Sarah Ababa (77), and fellow amateurs Pauline del Rosario (78) and Harmie Constantino (81).