PAULINE del Rosario recovered late to salvage a 72 and trail Hsiao-Ling Wu by five even as the rest of the Pinay bidders struggled in the first round of the Party Ladies Golfers Open on Wednesday at the National Golf and Country Club in Taiwan.
Chasing her second LPGA Tour of Taiwan (TLPGA) crown in three years, Del Rosario failed to get going on the up-and-down layout, bogeying Nos. 4 and 14 while flubbing a couple of birdie chances.
But she finally found her rhythm and touch at the finish, birdying the last two to save a 37-35 for joint 15th in the $100,000 championship co-sanctioned by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. for the second straight year.
Daniella Uy, who ended up tied at 45th here in the first Ladies PGT event held overseas last year, rebounded from a double-bogey miscue on No. 6 with back-to-back birdies from No. 12. But the former Junior World titlist wavered at the finish, dropping strokes on two of the last three holes to settle for a 74.
Cyna Rodriguez, out to improve on her 39th place effort last year, also failed to bounce back from a 39 start and turned in a 76 while rookie pro Chanelle Avaricio blew an early one-under par card with two bogeys at the front and failed to break a bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie run at the back with three bogeys in the last four to drop to joint 55th with Rodriguez six others.
Marvi Monsalve carded an 80 and is in danger of missing the cut.
Wu opened her bid with two birdies at the back and bucked a bogey on No. 2 with four birdies, including three in the last four.