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    Cyna Rodriguez wins John Hay Ladies Invitational by 11 strokes

    Jul 3, 2014

    CYNA Rodriguez scored a second 63 in three days to win the ICTSI Camp John Hay Ladies Invitational by 11 strokes on Thursday in Baguio City.

    The money list topnotcher the previous season, Rodriguez opened with a 63 and fired a 69 in the second round for a 12-under 195 total in the 54 hole event.

    Rodriguez hit six birdies in a seven-hole stretch from No. 11, including four straight.

    Amolkan Phalajivin of Thailand placed second after a closing 70 for a 206 total worth P70,000.

    “The birdies came at the right time and gave me a safe distance from Amolkan. I got going on the ninth and I putted superbly well until the end,” said Rodriguez, who pocketed another P100,000 after topping the kickoff leg of the tour sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. at Orchard in April.

    She skipped last week’s second stage won by Jayvie Agojo at Riviera to honor a previous commitment to play in the Technology Cup Taiwan but marked her return to the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. in record fashion.

    Rodriguez has matched her two-title romp in last year’s inaugurals and her margin of victory also bettered the eight-shot romp posted by amateur Princess Superal in humbling the pros in last year’s final leg.

    “I had birdie opportunities but they just didn’t fall. Still I’m happy with my game,” said Phalajivin.

    Apple Fudolin rallied with a two-under 67 to salvage joint third at 212 with Sarah Ababa, who matched par 69 worth P40,500 each while Anya Tanpinco slid to fifth at 215 after a 73.

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    Agojo turned in a 71 and wound up sixth at 216, while Korea’s Kwon Seo Yon shot a 72 to tie Lovelynn Guioguio, who carded a 73, in seventh at 217.

    Nikki Bruce took the low amateur honors with a 219 after a 72, while Eva Miñoza ended up 10th at 225 after a 75.

    "It was a nice experience to play against the pros," said Bruce, a high school senior at Assumption who hinted at joining the country’s first ladies pro tour backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp next year.

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