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    Filipinas nine strokes off the pace in Taiwan

    Apr 18, 2013

    THE Philippines scored 146 after an opening 152, keeping a share of sixth place but drifting further behind the pace after the second round of the Asia-Pacific Ladies Invitational golf team championship on Thursday at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club in Taiwan.

    Starting the day seven strokes off, the team of Dottie Ardina, Clare Legaspi and Cyna Rodriguez stumbled in the closing holes and wound up with a 298 total, nine strokes behind new leader Australia.

    The Australians overcame a three stroke deficit by shooting 141 for a 289 total, moving one stroke ahead of erstwhile joint leaders Thailand and Japan, which both had 145s for 290.

    Australia’s Oh Su-hyun sizzled with a 69, while Minjee Lee shot a 72.

    Ardina, who had an opening 76, made the turn at 35 but sputtered with three bogeys against two birdies for a 72.

    Legaspi, who also scored 76 in the first round, bogeyed two of the last four holes and came up with a 74.

    Rodriguez has failed to count in two rounds, scoring 80 in the first round and carding a second-round 77 that was marred by a fat 9 on the finishing par-5 18th.

    Ardina’s 148 total put the top ICTSI bet five strokes behind in the individual standings. Sharing the lead were

    Oh and South Korea’s Gyeol Park (71).

    Defending champion South Korea assembled a 293 after a 146 while Taiwan shot a 147 for a 295.

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