THAILAND’s Pennapa Pulsawath fired a three-under 69 to post a one-stroke lead over Chihiro Ikeda on Tuesday in the first round of the ICTSI Wack Wack Ladies Invitational at Wack Wack’s West course.
Amateur ace Princess Superal scored a hole-in-one on No. 8 but could only match Thai Wichanee Meechai’s even par 72, while Cyna Rodriguez struggled to card a 73.
Pulsawath, fifth at Splendido, hit five birdies against a bogey in the first 11 holes to set pace.
She dropped into a tie with Ikeda after dumping her approach shot into a hazard then three-putted on No. 16 but came through with a six-foot birdie on the next.
Ikeda, chasing her first LPGT win, suffered a bogey and a double bogey in the first three holes but hit back-to-back birdies from No. 5.
The former SEA Games gold medalist hit three birdies in the last eight holes for a 70.
Amateur Bernice Olivarez-Ilas fired a one-under 71 on a two-birdie, one-bogey stint to seize solo third in the 54-hole tournament sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Superal and Meechai stood just behind at 72, while Apple Fudolin and Rodriguez were a shot farther back at 73 with Korean amateur Eu Na Koh.
Superal failed to get going early with an opening hole bogey and struggled to salvage pars in two of the next six holes, but hit a perfect Ping 7-iron shot with Pro V1 No. 8 ball on the 142-yard No. 8 which bounced once before rolling into the cup for her first career hole-in-one.
“I thought I hit it over since I didn’t find the ball the green. I’m just so happy to score my first ace,” said Superal.