AMATEUR star Harmie Constantino carded a six-under 66 on Wednesday to pad her lead to two with one round to play in the ICTSI Malarayat Ladies Classic in Lipa, Batangas.
Constantino hit seven birdies in the last 11 holes for a 137 aggregate, two clear of Thailand’s Saraporn Chamchoi.
“I just got lucky,” said the 15-year-old Constantino, the reigning national champion who is also coming off a victory in the Gary Woodland Championship in Kansas.
Chamchoi submitted at 67. She hit four birdies on the back nine, including on No. 16 to tie Constantino at five-under.
But after the Thai holed out with two pars, Constantino birdied No. 16 to move on top again and went two shots clear with a closing birdie.
Constantino is 18 holes away from becoming the third amateur to win on the pro tour this year after Bernice Olivarez-Ilas topped the ICTSI Beverly Place Classic in April and Yuka Saso dominated the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational in May.
Chihiro Ikeda and Thailand’s Chatprapa Siriprakob shot 72s for joint third, seven strokes off the leader.
Amateur star Daniella Uy, who started the day tied for second, carded a 73 for a 145 in fifth place.
Chanelle Avaricio, also an amateur player, had a 71 and was in joint sixth with former Philippines Ladies Open champion Jayvie Agojo at 146.
Agojo, whose last LPGT win was at Riviera two years ago, gunned down three birdies at the
front but she stumbled with a bogey on the 10th and parred the rest for a 70.
Sarah Ababa hobbled with a 76 and fell to 150, while Lucy Landicho was at 153 after a 77.
Cristina Corpus, winner at Luisita klast year, shot an 80 and fell to joint 10th at 156 with Apple Fudolin and amateur Marvi Monsalve, who carded a 74 and 78, respectively, in the P750,000 tournament backed by Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Sharp, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Champion, TaylorMade and Pacsports.