ONKANOK Soisuwan nailed her breakthrough win on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour in style, scoring a seven-stroke victory in the ICTSI Mount Malarayat Ladies Classic at Mt. Malarayat composite course on Thursday in Lipa City, Batangas.
Soisuwan, who had a six-stroke lead at the start of the final round, hit three birdies against two bogeys for a 71 and a 210 total to complete a wire-to-wire triumph in her first pro tournament.
Filipina amateur golfer Mikha Fortuna matched fired a 71 to clinch the low amateur trophy while Yoopan finished with a 72 to tie for second at 217. Yoopan received P155,000.
“I didn’t expect to win because this is my first tournament as a pro,” said Soisuwan, who anchored Team Southeast Asia’s title romps over some of the Philippines’ best amateurs in the Pradera Ladies Challenge the past two years.
“The first round was really difficult, especially my driver. But I stayed focused and kept my composure. I also had some trouble with my irons today but I still got it,” added Soisuwan, who banked P300,000.
Cyna Rodriguez shot a 74 for fourth at 218.
Pannapa Polnamin struggled with a 75 while Chommapat Ponthanarak hobbled with a 76 for joint fifth at 221 as the Thais continued their domination of the local circuit after Supakchaya Pattanakrueang won at Luisita in a playoff.
Soisuwan’s victory was also Thailand’s fourth after eight legs of this year’s circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. Yupaporn Kawinpakorn topped the Beverly Place leg last January while Pavarisa Yoktuan reigned at Splendido last February via the same winning seven-stroke margin over Chihiro Ikeda, Dottie Ardina and Korean amateur Kim Hee Ji.
Princess Superal’s whopping 16-stroke romp over Rodriguez in Tagaytay last March remains the circuit’s biggest winning record.
Sofia Chabon, who shared the first round lead at 70, shot a second 76 and finished joint seventh at 222 with fellow amateur Junia Gabasa, who matched par 72.
LPGT Eagle Ridge leg winner Chihiro Ikeda fumbled with a 74 for a share of ninth at 223 with Gretchen Villacencio, who shot a closing 73.