CYNA Rodriguez fired a three-under 69 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the Orchard Golf Ladies Classic at Orchard’s Player Course on Tuesday in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Rodriguez took charge on a two-shot swing, when she birdied No. 14 and overnight leader Chihiro Ikeda had a missed the green bogey.
Winner of two legs in the five-stage inaugural ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour last year, Rodriguez is poised to take her first this year with a two-round total of 141 in the 54-hole tournament. Ikeda carded a 76 for a 145 total.
“I had a superb short game but I was also lucky for sinking long birdie putts,” said Rodriguez, who rescued five pars in seven times that she went out of regulation and rolled in birdie putts from 20 and 30 feet on Nos. 7 and 14, respectively.
“I may be in the lead but it’s still not safe. The rest still have a chance,” said Rodriguez, who also birdied Nos. 1 and 5 inside nine feet while dropping shots on Nos. 3 and 11 after missing the green.
“I struggled with my irons and putting but I’ll try to go under tomorrow (today) and try to have fun. If I can score, the better,” said Ikeda, who gunned down just one birdie (No. 13) after hitting six in the first round while fumbling with five bogeys, including a three-putt miscue on No. 15.
Daniella Uy, fresh from her victory in the Philippine Amateur Match Play, also at Orchard, last week, birdied Nos. 8 and 9 to salvage a 37 but settled for pars at the back for a 73 and a 146 for third as she clinched a dream spot in today’s championship while zeroing in on the low amateur honors.
Jayvie Agojo, one behind Ikeda after 18 holes, blew it all with an atrocious birdle-less backside 40 for a 77, dropping him to joint fourth at 147 with Anya Tanpinco, who also wavered a bit at the tougher backnine with a 37 and a 72.
“My driving was off and hit just eight greens,” rued Agojo, who took a penalty on No. 12 when she accidentally dropped her putter and the grip touching the ball. She also double bogeyed No. 16 after two bunker visits. “But I do believe I still have a chance.”
Thailand’s Amolkan Phalajivin added a 75 to her opening 80 for a 155 total, 14 shots behind Rodriguez. She was tied with Lovelynn Guioguio, who had an 80.
Sarah Ababa and amateur LK Go both carded 78s for identical 157s, while Korea’s Seo Yon Kwon made a 77 to tie Apple Fudolin, Mary Grace Estuesta and Lucy Landicho, who all had 79s, at 10th at 158, in the tournament organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.