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    Fil-Am Cristina Corpus leapfrogs Thai golfer to win maiden ladies tour title at Luisita

    Jul 24, 2015
    Cristina Corpus took charge with three backnine birdies at Luisita.

    TARLAC – Fil-Am Cristina Corpus went on a birdie binge at the back to leapfrog Thai Walailak Satarak, shooting a two-under par 70 post a three-stroke romp for her first career victory in the ICTSI Luisita Ladies Challenge on Friday.

    Corpus, who tied Satarak for the lead with a 73 after 36 holes, surged ahead by one after a tight frontside duel then pulled away by rattling off three birdies in the first four holes at the tough backside of Luisita Golf Club.

    The 26-year-old shotmaker from Orlando, Florida saved her best for last, humbling a slew of Thai challengers and local aces Lovelynn Guioguio and Sarah Ababa with her fiery backside charge to finally clinch the elusive win with a 219.

    “I’m really amazed with how I played this week but I really didn’t expect to win,” said Corpus, who never gained a crack at the championship in her previous campaigns on the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour until she caught up with Satarak at the helm on Thursday.

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    “My irons and short game made it all possible and I became confident after I birdied No. 10 and went 2-up over Satarak,” added Corpus who banked the top P100,000 purse, her biggest since winning the Suncoast tournament in Florida three years ago.

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    Satarak finished with a 36 for a 73 and took the runner-up prize of P70,000 with a 222. Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang also carded a 70 and finished tied for third with compatriot and first-round leader Saraporn Chamchoi, who turned in a 73, at 225 in the sixth leg of the eight-stage circuit sponsored by ICTSI.

    Ababa, the third player in the final group who started the day three shots behind the joint leaders, threatened in the early going with a birdie on No. 4 but didn’t hit another birdie until the 15th when she was already way behind after two bogeys and a disastrous triple-bogey seven on No. 14.

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    She ended up with a 40 and a 77 for a 229, enabling Guioguio to clinch fifth place at 226 after a 73.

    Last year’s Splendido leg winner Amolkan Phalajivin, also of Thailand, lost her rhythm after an even par 36 start, limping with a 42 at the challenging backnine for a 78 and a 231.

    Jayvie Agojo, another former winner on the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., shot a 74 and wound up eighth at 233 while Apple Fudolin placed ninth at 236 after a 79.

    Lina de Guzman made a 78 for 10th at 237.

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    Cristina Corpus took charge with three backnine birdies at Luisita.
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