CHIHIRO Ikeda made birdie on the second playoff hole to beat Pauline del Rosario, who missed an eight footer, in the ICTSI Tagaytay Midlands Ladies Challenge at the Midlands course on Saturday in Tagaytay.
Ikeda and Del Rosario finished at 215 after 54 holes, with Ikeda birdying the par-5 18th in regulation to save a 72 and force the playoff.
Del Rosario rallied from seven down with a closing bogey-free 69 to pool a one-under overall total in the P750,000 championship which served as the ninth leg of the seventh season of the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.
Daniella Uy bogeyed the 17th and wound up with a birdie-less 77 for third at 217.
Del Rosario missed winning it outright in regulation with a muffed birdie try on the 18th from just about the same distance in their second playoff hole.
Still, the runner-up finish and her runaway triumph at Royal Northwoods last month should be enough to boost her confidence as she hurriedly left for the US for a series of tournaments in Florida as part of her buildup for the LPGT Tour Qualifying School this August.
Amateur Eagle Ace Superal also moved from seven shots back to within striking distance with three birdies in the first eight holes. But a bogey on the ninth slowed down her charge and two more bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14 dropped her out of the title race. She settled for a 71 and finished fourth at 218 while clinching the low amateur honors coming off a third place effort in the Asia Pacific Juniors in Singapore last week.
Thailand’s Tirapan Yoopan never got into contention with a bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey start and fumbled with three more bogeys before matching Del Rosario’s windup of two birdies in the last three to card a second 74. She placed fifth with a 219.