TRECE Martirez, Cavite – Rupert Zaragosa and Princess Superal took the centerpiece boys’ and girls’ titles in the NGAP’s Philippine Junior Amateur Closed championship presented by the MVP Sports Foundation after contrasting finishes at Sherwood Hills on Sunday.
Zaragosa cracked par for the first time, returning a two-under-par 70 for a 289 total and a whopping nine-shot victory over Justin Quiban in boys’ play in the event forming part of the PLDT Amateur Golf Tour and backed by Pancake House, Nike, Golf Depot, Pacsports and Microtel Eagle Ridge.
Superal slowed down with a 74 to settle but still posted an 11-stroke triumph over a badly-outclassed Daniela Uy with a 285 total even as Regan De Guzman and Andres Saldana pounded out wins in the special 17-21 division.
De Guzman, who will suit up for the Philippines in the Putra Cup later this month while on vacation from a golfing scholarship in the United States, fired a 71 and nipped Cyna Rodriguez by three shots.
Rodriguez, the former Philippine Ladies champion, fired a 70.
Saldana, the lefty member of the PH pool, fired a 75 for 305, with Ian De Claro finishing second 13 shots behind after a 79.
Kristopher Arevalo assembled a 73 for 294 and an 11-stroke win over Ryan Monsalve in the boys’ 13-under division, while Sophia Chabon churned out a sparkling 66 to complete a come-from-behind win over Harmie Constantino in the girls’ 13-under.
Counting earlier rounds of 69, 71 and 69, Chabon tallied 275 to carve out a two-stroke win over Constantino, who had a 70.
In pocketing the third national title of his very young and promising career, Zaragosa drained four birdies and was at four-under going to the 14th hole before he dropped shots in each of the next two holes.
Quiban, meanwhile, fired a 73 and salvaged second place ahead of Gabriel Manotoc, the 15-year-old national team candidate who closed with a 76 to finish another six strokes clear.
Superal, the new spearhead of the solid ICTSI squad, won her event in the middle two rounds after playing them in a combined eight-under-par after efforts of 67 and 69.