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    Ardina wins in Taiwan as leader gets DQed

    Sep 15, 2012
    Dottie Ardina is the third Filipina in three weeks to win an international tournament. 

    DOTTIE Ardina struggled to card a four-over 76 but still came out the winner, taking the Taiwan Amateur Golf Championship when three-day leader Min Lee was disqualified for signing a wrong scorecard in Yangmei late Friday.

    Ardina, who rallied from five strokes down to get within one stroke with a 70 in the third round, found the going tough in the final round of the 72-hole championship and thrice failed to salvage pars inside six feet.

    Lee, the top local bet who showed the way in the first three rounds, also limped home with a 76 but had a wrong entry in her card which she signed without double-checking, leading to her disqualification.

    That enabled the Filipina to snatch the crown at 292 (74-72-70-76), beating Taiwanese Min Jou Chen, who had a 298 after a 73.

    “It was really a struggle given the tough playing condition in the final round but Dottie hung on and pressed her bid until she got some luck. But a win is a win,” said ICTSI team coach Bong Lopez.

    The victory thus kept the team’s winning run going for three weeks, with Jayvie Agojo bagging the Santi Cup individual crown in Indonesia and Cyna Rodriguez nipping Agojo in a playoff for the Hong Kong Amateur Open title last week.

    Thai Supamas Sangchan had an 80 but still wound up third at 299 in a tie with Japan’s Minami Katsu, who had an 81.

    Malaysian Kelly Tan finished fifth with a 300 after a 79.

    Rodriguez failed to recover from a poor start and scored a closing 79 for seventh place at 302 while Agojo made an 81 and wound up in 12th place at 306.

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