DOTTIE Ardina came up with a two-under 70 for a five-shot victory over Mia Piccio in the ICTSI Valley Golf Ladies Challenge at the Valley Golf Club’s Executive Course on Thursday in Antipolo.
The Symetra Tour campaigner hit birdies on Nos. 3 and 7 and played steady down the stretch to take the win with a 54-hole seven-under 209 aggregate.
Mia Piccio recovered from bogeys on Nos. 3 and 5 with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 but failed to launch a backside rally, finishing with a 72 and 214 for runner-up honors.
“I just believed in myself and kept thinking that I’m better than them,” said Ardina, who bagged P80,000 in her return to the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour. She dominated the circuit’s first two legs last year before trying her luck in the LPGA.
Piccio, who like Ardina is preparing for the LPGA Tour Final Stage in December, birdied No. 10 but wavered with two bogeys against a birdie in the last seven holes to settle for second place worth P56,000.
Thailand’s Amolkan Phalajivin, winner at Splendido last month, had a closing 71 and took third place at even 216.
Lovelynn Guioguio was Ardina’s main rival in the first two rounds with 71 and 69, but she lost her touch after making birdie on No. 1 in the final round. She dropped two strokes on No. 4 and bogeying the sixth. She birdied the par-3 11th for the second time in three days but double-bogeyed Nos. 13 and 18 and made a bogey on No. 14 to limp with a 78.
The Bukidnon lass tumbled to joint fourth with Jayvie Agojo, who matched par 72, at 218.
Sofia Chabon turned in a 75 for a 221 and took the low amateur honors, sharing sixth place with Rodriguez, who had a five-over 77, her worst output in seven legs of the Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.-organized circuit.
Chihiro Ikeda fired a 71 and wound up tied for eighth at 222 with Korean amateur Min Jeong Hwang, who had a 75.
Lucy Landicho ended up 10th at 227 after a 76 in the event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services Inc. and backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.