Dottie Ardina carries one-stroke lead into final round of Valley Golf Ladies Challenge
Dottie Ardina looks to score a big win in the penultimate leg of the eight-tournament series. 

DOTTIE Ardina recovered from a slip in the middle of the round, hitting three birdies in the last five holes for a 70 and a one-stroke lead after the second round of the ICTSI Valley Golf Ladies Challenge on Wednesday at the Valley Golf Club in Antipolo.

Ardina fell three strokes behind Lovelynn Guioguio after No. 10 but birdied Nos. 14, 16 and 17 enabled her to finish on top at five-under 139.

“The greens became slower due to rain. I will try to hit closer to the pin tomorrow,” said Ardina.

Guioguio hit three birdies in the first seven holes and took the lead with a birdie on the par-5 No. 10.

The shotmaker from Bukidnon, however, dumped her tee-shot on the par-3 No. 11 into the greenside bunker then three-putted for a double-bogey. She recovered a shot with a birdie on the 13th but failed to match Ardina’s scorching windup.

Still, Guioguio stayed in the hunt for a breakthrough pro win with a 140.

Mia Piccio rebounded from a disastrous 76 with a tournament-best six-under 66 for a 142 total, just three shots off the pace.

“I’m hitting it well and I hope to continue to play my game,” said Piccio, who like Ardina is preparing for the LPGA Final Qualifying Stage in December.

Cyna Rodriguez bounced back from an opening 75 with a three-under 69, spiked by four birdies in a seven-hole stretch from No. 7, for a 144 aggregate.

Thailand’s Amolkan Phalajivin, winner at Splendido last month, hit three birdies against three bogeys for a 72 and a 145.

Second leg winner Jayvie Agojo birdied three of the last seven holes to salvage a 72 and tie amateur Sofia Chabon, who fumbled with a 74, at 146.

Korean amateur Min Jeong Hwang carded a 73 for a 147, and Chihiro Ikeda matched par 72 for ninth spot with Lucy Landicho, who had a 77 for a 151 total in the tournament organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.

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