TOP amateur Princess Superal looks to steal the show anew from the pros as she sees action in the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour’s Mt. Malarayat Ladies Classic.
Thrice a winner already on the LPGT, Superal is among the top favorites in the event starting on Wednesday at Mt. Malarayat’s composite courses in Lipa City, Batangas.
A former US Girls junior champion, Superal nipped Cyna Rodriguez in a playoff to snare the LPGT Wack Wack crown last April before the top ICTSI-The Country Club bet resumed her campaign abroad, winning a couple of championships and placing eighth in the recent British Ladies Amateur Open.
“It will be tough to score a repeat since Cyna is a solid player. But I’ll try my very best,” said Superal, 18, during a break in Tuesday’s practice round. “I just hope my putting will click.”
Rodriguez is also looking to score her second title of the LPGT season after dominating the Riviera stage in May.
Six other amateurs are entered in the 54-hole P500,000 event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., including Superal’s The Country Club teammates Sofia Chabon and Abby Arevalo, who are also coming into the event toughened up after seeing action in junior tournaments in the US.
Also in the fold are former TCC mainstay Yuka Saso, Sofia Blanco and Koreans Hwang Min Jeong and Koh Eu Na.
Focus will also be on Sarah Ababa, who is seeking a follow-up to her breakthrough win at Sherwood in June, while former leg winner and Philippine Ladies Open champion Jayvie Agojo hopes to end a string of poor finishes with a solid performance this week.
Chihiro Ikeda also signed up for the event, itching to finally nail the elusive win along with Koreans Kim So Un and Oh Yeji, and local bets Lovelynn Guioguio, Apple Fudolin, Majorie Pulumbarit, Lucy Landicho, Barsy Leonen and England’s Sarah Henderson.
The event, backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp, serves as the penultimate leg of the eight-stage circuit sponsored by ICTSI with the top female shotmakers winding up their chase at the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Ladies Classic set Oct. 27 to 29.