TOP Amateur Princess Superal again outshone the pros in the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, scoring a two-stroke win in the season-ender with a solid closing 72 on ICTSI Sherwood Ladies Championship on Thursday in Trece Martires, Cavite.
Reigning US Girls champion Superal scored a repeat of her feat last year when she won at John Hay, the final leg of the first Ladies Philippine Golf Tour season.
Superal had a 210 total at Sherwood and grabbed the trophy as she proved steadier than top pro Cyna Rodriguez, although the latter took the P150,000 cash prize as best placed professional.
Rodriguez fumbled with costly bogeys on Nos. 12 and 16 and muffed birdie putts on Nos. 13 and 15. She birdied No. 18 for a 73 and a 212.
“My target is just to win the low amateur honors, so winning it altogether is a bonus and a big boost to my game and confidence,” said Superal, who entered the final round with a one-shot lead over Rodriguez.
The two kept close with pars on Nos. 10, 13 and 14 and bogeys on Nos. 11 and 15, but Rodriguez mishit her drive on No. 12 in the wind and three-putted the par-3 16th. She lipped out birdie putts on Nos. 13 and 15 and fell behind by three heading to the final hole of the final leg of the eight-stage circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
“Those missed birdies could’ve changed the outcome,” said Rodriguez, the top money earner for the second straight year with winnings of P699,000.
Superal added the LPGT Sherwood crown to her long list of victories this year, including three titles in the Asia-Pacific tournaments, the US Girls Juniors and the Santi Cup.
Amateurs took the next three spots, with Seong Eun Jeong of Korea placing third at 214 after a 73, and Pauline del Rosario and Yuka Saso finishing fourth and fifth with 73-216 and 72-218, respectively.
Chihiro Ikeda limped with a 76 for a 222 for sixth but still bagged the runner-up prize worth P95,000, while amateurs Harmie Constantino and Sam Martirez ended up with identical 75s for seventh and eighth, respectively.
Jayvie Agojo, winner of the Riviera leg of the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp, rallied with a 74 and finished ninth overall at 229 but took the third prize of P60,000, while Korean amateur carded a 77 and placed 10th at 230.