PRINCESS Superal birdied the last three holes to salvage a two-over 69 and a share of the lead with Yupaporn Kawinpakorn of Thailand in Wednesday’s second round of the ICTSI South Forbes Ladies Invitational at the South Forbes Golf Club in Silang, Cavite.
That scorching finish on a hot, windy day at the up-and-down par-67 layout enabled the Filipina ace to rally from three down in the last three holes and grab a share of the lead at one-over 135 as Kawinpakorn put in a tournament-best two-under 65.
Kawinpakorn kept Thailand’s bid for a sweep of the last two legs of the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour after a 1-2-3 finish by her compatriots in the Philippine Ladies Masters at The Country Club.
Dottie Ardina recovered from a 70 with a 68 although the LPGA and Symetra Tour campaigner stood three strokes off the joint leaders with a 138 for joint third with another Thai Chonlada Chayanun, who started the round just a stroke off Superal but hobbled with a 71.
Cyna Rodriguez double-bogeyed No. 15 and holed out with a bogey on the 18th for the second straight day and ended up with a 70 for solo fifth at 139.
After moving to within two at the turn, Kawinpakorn grabbed the lead with a birdie on the par-3 No. 11 as Superal holed out with a double-bogey for a three-shot swing. The Thai birdied the next, another par-3 hole, and pounced on Superal’s poor iron game that saw her yield another stroke with a bogey.
But after going birdie-bogey on Nos. 14 and 15, Superal, a former US Girls Juniors champion and many-time LPGT leg winner, struck back with the late birdies to stay in the title hunt.
Chihiro Ikeda, winner at Forest Hills last month, shot a 71 for a 140 total, while amateur golfer Samantha Dizon of Team TCC, after an opening 67, shot a 74 for a 141 total.
Kristine Torralba, also an amateur, rebounded with a 70 after a 73 for a 143, Numa Gulyanamitta, also of Thailand, carded a 71 for a 144, and Thai Sarinee Thitiratanakorn bounced back with a 70 to tie Marv Monsalve, who limped with a 76, at 146 in the season-ending P750,000 championship sponsored by ICTSI and backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.