Princess Superal tows Philippines from sixth to joint second in Hong Kong
Princess Superal adds a 69 to her opening 73 to stand just two strokes off in the individual race.

PRINCESS Superal shot a three-under 69 as Team Philippines rose from joint sixth to a share of second behind Korea on Thursday in the second round of the Queen Sirikit Cup at the Hong Kong Golf Club’s New Course in Fanling in Hong Kong.

Pauline del Rosario fired a 74 as the Philippines came up with a 143 for a two-day total of 290, matching Japan and Hong Kong.

South Korea is firmly on top at 281 after a second-round 141, with Park Hyun Kyung firing a 70. Jang Eun Soo and Lee Joung Eun scored identical one-under 71s.

The weather improved from the rain suspended first round but the compact field had to gut it out at completion of play early morning and in the second round as the wind blew from all over and players struggled with club selection.

Only six from the 39 players broke par, with Superal turning in the second-best round.

Yuka Saso shot a 77 in the three-to-play, two-to-count format event also known as the Asia-Pacific Ladies Team Golf Championship.

Superal, who shot a first-round 73, also moved to within two shots of Park at 142 in the race for the individual championship although Jang and Lee are in joint second at 141.

“I could’ve shot lower but missed two birdie putts from close range,” said Superal. “But it’s a good score given the wind condition. I’ll just try to play better tomorrow and hope for the best.”

Minami Hiruta shot the day’s best 67 as Japan came up with a 142.

Hong Kong, which had a 139 in the opening round, struggled to a 151.

Australia had a 144 for a 291, while Thailand hobbled with a 150 for a 294 followed by Indonesia (149-295), New Zealand (151-296), Chinese-Taipei (146-298), China (150-298), India (151-298), Malaysia (154-302) and Singapore (147-303).

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