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    Pauline del Rosario tied for lead with one round to play at Riviera

    Jul 26, 2017
    Pauline del Rosario adds a 73 to her opening 70.

    PAULINE del Rosario fumbled with a double-bogey on the tricky No. 17 and blew a two-shot edge with a 73, settling for a share of the lead after the second round of the ICTSI Riviera Ladies Championship at Riviera’s Langer course in Silang, Cavite.

    Del Rosario birdied No. 16 to move two strokes ahead of first-round leader Saruttaya Ngam-usawan but overshot the par-3 155-yard 17th.

    She barely played out and putted through the sloping surface that rolled outside the green. She made it in four and one-putted for that 5.

    That enabled Ngam-usawan to keep a share of the lead with the Filipina ace at 143 despite a birdie-less 74.

    Amateur Abby Arevalo joined the championship group, just a stroke off the lead at 144 after a gutsy even par 71.

    “Despite that double-bogey on 17th, I’m happy to be sharing the lead,” said Del Rosario, eyeing a third straight championship after topping the Orchard and Baguio legs of the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

    “The rain hardly affected our game but the wind, which made club selection a lot more difficult,” added Del Rosario.

    Ngam-usawan, winner at Royal Northwoods had nines of 36-38.

    Thailand’s Chatprapa Siriprakob shot the day’s lone subpar round of 70 on a two-birdie, one-bogey feat and stood three strokes off the joint leaders at 146.

    Tiranan Yoopan carded a second straight 74 for fifth at 148.

    Reigning Philippine Ladies Open champion Bianca Pagdanganan had a shaky finish, dropping four strokes in the last five holes, hitting double-bogey on No. 14. She wound up with a 76 for joint sixth with Thai Sarinee Thitiratanakorn, who also limped with a 76, at 150, seven shots off the pace.

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    Kristine Torralba, the other rising amateur in the field, rebounded from an opening 79 with a one-over 72 for eighth in the P750,000 event sponsored by ICTSI and backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.

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