Princess Superal eyes follow-up to Highlands victory as LPGT goes to Riviera

PRINCESS Superal heads to Riviera Golf and Country Club on Wednesday looking to score a second straight Ladies Philippine Golf Tour crown in the ICTSI Riviera Ladies Classic in Silang, Cavite.

Superal snapped a two-year winless run with a record-setting 16-stroke victory over Cyna Rodriguez at Tagaytay Highlands, making her the marked player in the P750,000 event which features practically the same field she dominated last week.

“I feel good after that big win and I’m really confident going to Riviera,” said Superal, who expects the same tough condition at the par-72 Couples layout during the 54-hole championship serving as the sixth leg of this year’s LPGT.

She is also bracing for her rivals’ big fightback, particularly Rodriguez, who topped the Order of Merit thrice in the country’s premier ladies circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

Chihiro Ikeda hopes to be back in top form after a minor wrist injury hampered her bid at Highlands, where she placed third.

Chouvarest Chourkittisopon, a veteran of the Ladies European Tour, hopes to get into the mix early together with compatriot Amolkan Phalajivin, the best Thai finisher at fourth last week.

A host of top amateurs are also in the fold, including last week’s topnotcher Kristine Torralba, Laia Barro, Mafy Singson, Alex Etter, Samantha Dizon, Japanese Kelly Marutani, Koreans Rho Hyun Ji, Jang Yun Ji and Kim Hui Won and Canada’s Sharon Park.

Sarah Ababa, Apple Fudolin, Eva Miñoza, Lucy Landicho, Jan Punzalan, Marvin Monsalve, Majorie Pulumbarit, Sheryl Villasencio, Sylvia Torres and Tracy Que are also seeing action in the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZGm PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.

Still, focus will be on Superal, who is on the final stage of her preparation for the Symetra Tour, which will start on April 6 in Beaumont, California.

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