CYNA Rodriguez’s carded a 69 for a two-stroke lead over Sarah Ababa on Thursday in the second round of the ICTSI Riviera Ladies Classic at Riviera’s Couples Course in Silang, Cavite.
Last year’s top money earner stood at 139, while first-round leader Ababa went birdie-less and dropped to second at 141 after a 73.
With Lovelynn Guioguio also turning in a 73 and falling 10 strokes off the pace at 149 for third, the battle for the top prize of P100,000 in the 54-hole championship is virtually reduced to a two-player affair.
Korean amateur Eu Na Koh stood at fourth at 150 after a 78.
Last year’s champion Jayvie Agojo had a 79 for a 151 that was matched by Korean amateur Min Jeong Hwang, who shot a 73.
Anya Tanpinco shot a 75 for a 152 total.
Chihiro Ikeda carded a 76 for a 153, while Eva Minoza had a 76 to tie Cristina Corpus (79) of the US, Korea’s Kim So Un (78), Apple Fudolin (80) and local amateur Annika Cedo (80) at 156.
Hard-pressed to deliver after losing in a playoff to top amateur Princess Superal at Wack Wack last month, Rodriguez shot three straight birdies from No. 1 before suffering bogeys on the next two on missed greens.
After a regulation par on the par-3 No. 6, the reigning back-to-back money list topnotcher strung up three straight birdies again from No. 7 to storm ahead.