PAULINE del Rosario hits early birdies to cushion the impact of a faltering finish, closing out with a one-under 71 to edge Thai Paphangkorn Tavatanakit by one and capture the Thailand Ladies Amateur Open crown on Friday at the Phoenix Golf Club in Pattaya, Thailand.
Tied with Tavatanakit entering the final round, Del Rosario hit birdies on Nos. 3, 10 and 13 then bucked a three-putt double-bogey on No. 17 for a 54-hole aggregate of six-under 210.
“It’s a nice feeling to win again. I really worked hard on my putting and I’m glad I made the putts in the early going to wrest control,” said the 17-year-old Del Rosario.
It was Del Rosario’s second National Open win this year after topping the Malaysian Ladies Open in June. It was also a big follow-up to her victory in last month’s Canlubang Amateur Open.
“She’s been hitting the ball pretty solid and she was due for another win,” said TCC coach Bong Lopez. “I told her she needed a strong start and she responded.”
Del Rosario put the pressure on her gutsy rival early with a three-foot birdie putt on No. 3, went 2-up with an eight-footer on the 10th then made a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 13.
Tavatanakit had a tap-in birdie on the par-5 18th for a 782, but Del Rosario claimed the title with par.
Rina Tatematsu, also of Thailand, shot a 69 to grab third at 215.
Princess Superal came up with a closing 73 for seventh spot at 221, while Sofia Chabon wound up 12th at 227 after a 73.