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    Thai Pennapa sets pace; Princess Superal hits ace to stand within striking distance at Wack Wack

    Apr 28, 2015
    Pennapa Pulsawath comes up with a sizzling start and plays steady in the closing holes to hold on to the top spot.

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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