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    South stars retain trophy in Ladies Philippine Golf Tour’s The Duel

    Dec 18, 2014

    SOUTH won four singles matches and drew one to coast to a five-point victory in the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour’s Duel 2 – North vs South on Thursday at the South Links Golf Club in Las Piñas.

    Cyna Rodriguez tried to spark North’s final day rally with a 7 and 6 demolition of Anya Tanpinco but Chihiro Ikeda, Lovelynn Guioguio and Mia Piccio came up with blowout wins over Lina de Guzman, Heidi Chua and Mary Grace Esuesta, respectively, to win the Duel, 10.5-5.5.

    Needing just two wins and a draw in eight singles matches to retain the crown after storming to a 6-2 lead after the fourballs and foursomes, the Southerners finished off their Northern counterparts with Piccio’s 6 and 5 victory over Estuesta.

    Ikeda and Piccio routed De Guzman and Estuesta, respectively, via the same 6 and 5 scorelines before Guioguio delivered the third and title-clinching point for Team South.

    “The key to our victory is team work and my players really played their best,” said Team South skipper Sylvia Torres, who drew the best from her wards early – via a 4-0 romp in the fourballs in the first day that set the tone for the rout.

    “That was really the key, a solid first day stint. Team North had a hard time coming back as my players held their own in the foursomes and then proved their worth in singles,” added Torres.

    The Southerners completed a sweep of the first two editions of the Ryder Cup-style format event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services Inc.

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    North’s stalwarts Dottie Ardina and Jayvie Agojo fashioned out expected one-sided victories over Sarah Ababa and Tracy Que, both winning 5 and 4. Lucy Landicho settled for a draw with Apple Fudolin.

    Eva Miñoza capped South’s domination with a 2-up victory over Jan Punzalan in the three-day event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.

    South imposed its will early by sweeping the better-ball format then forced a 2-2 draw in the alternate-shot event on the Piccio-Guioguio tandem’s thrilling 1-up win over Ardina and Estuesta in the final pairing on Wednesday.

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