CYNA Rodriguez carded a gutsy even-par 71 then foiled ICTSI-Philippines teammate Jayvie Agojo on the first playoff hole to capture the Hong Kong Ladies Amateur Open crown at the Discovery Bay Golf Club on Friday.
Rodriguez hung tough in the closing holes to hold off the charging Agojo. She then steeled herself in the pressure-packed sudden death to annex the hotly-disputed championship.
The newly-crowned champion started the round tied with Sarah Ababa and one stroke ahead of Agojo.
The former Philippine Ladies Amateur Open champion made a routine par on the par-4 No. 1 which Agojo bogeyed after flubbing her par putt from six feet.
They assembled similar 211s in the 54-hole tournament as Agojo closed out with a one-under 70.
It was a sorry setback for the 26-year-old Agojo, who had hoped for a successful title-retention bid after storming back into contention with a 69 on Thursday.
The former Pepperdine U standout is coming off a big win in last week’s Santi Cup in Indonesia.
Ababa, the first-round leader, wavered with a 72 and missed joining the playoff at 212.
But the three completed an impressive 1-2-3 finish by the ICTSI-backed bets in the annual tournament, which Agojo won by three last year.
Agojo’s 211, meanwhile, enabled her to keep the Mid-Amateur crown, 13 shots ahead of ICTSI teammate Lovelynn Guioguio, who made a 224 after a 75.