DOTTIE Ardina fired a bogey-free six-under 66 to take a five-stroke lead over Chihiro Ikeda after the second round of the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour second leg on Wednesday at the North course of Canlubang Golf in Laguna.
Starting the day three strokes behind Lovelynn Guioguio, the 19-year-old Ardina came up with nines of 32-34 sparked by a scrambling par from 10 feet on the first hole and a 20-foot birdie putt on the next.
Ardina is at five-under 139 after 36 holes, five strokes clear of Ikeda heading into the final round of the 54-hole championship sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Ikeda had a 67 after an opening 77 for an even 144 aggregate.
“By this time, I’m already used to pressure. So with a five-shot lead, I think I have a very good chance,” said Ardina when asked of her chances of completing back-to-back victories after coming from behind to nip amateur Princess Superal with a flawless final round 65 in the circuit’s inaugural leg at The Country Club last month.
“If I could do what I did today – ball striking and putting – bingo na,” said Ardina, looking to pocket another P100,000 in the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Touraments, Inc. and backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Gatorade, Sharp and Custom Clubmakers.
Jayvie Agojo will complete a stellar championship flight although the former Philippine Ladies Amateur Open champion stood eight strokes off at 147 after a 73, marred by a disastrous triple-bogey 7 on the final hole.
Two-under heading into the par-4 No. 18, Agojo opted to hit her second shot in the hazard instead of taking a drop and a penalty, mishit it and reached the green in five, needing to sink a 10-footer for a 7.
Superal was also at 147 after a 74, while Guioguio had a 78 and dropped to joint fifth at 148 with Anya Tanpinco, who fought back from an opening 78 with a 70.
Amateur Harmie Constantino also rallied with a 73 for a 150, while Apple Fudolin carded a 75 for a 152.