PRINCESS Superal continued her fine play to march on to the next phase of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, firing a closing 69 on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) and narrowly missing top honors in Stage I of the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament in Racho Mirage, California.
The Filipina amateur golf star, winner of several titles on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, finished in joint second, just a stroke off fellow amateur Daniella Darquea of Ecuador, who fired a final-round 70 for a 278.
Already on track for Stage II of the Q-School, Superal had a chance to take medalist honors in Stage I but missed birdie putts on the final two holes of the Dinah Shore Course.
A total of 92 players advanced out of Stage I and the cut was made at 6-over, 278.
The 19-year-old Superal had earlier rounds of 70-72-68 and wound up tied for second with second-round leader Sarah Schmelzel, who closed with a 71.
Stage II is set Oct. 20 to 23 at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida.
Superal, the 2014 US Girls’ Junior champion, will be joined in Stage II by Regina de Guzman who advanced after a final-round 77 for joint 46th at 291.
Also seeing action in Stage II are Symetra Tour campaigners Dottie Ardina and Mia Piccio and two-time Symetra Tour winner Clariss Guce.
The top 80 and ties will advance to the 90-hole Stage III qualifying, with the top finishers earning rights to play in the LPGA.
Cyna Rodriguez, after failing to make the Top 80 on her rookie year on the LPGA Tour, will play in Stage III set Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 at the LPGA international in Daytona Beach, Florida.