PRINCESS Superal turned a one-stroke deficit into a one-shot cushion over South Korean Hwang Min Jeong, firing a two-under 70 in Thursday’s second round to take charge of the ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Ladies Classic in Lipa, Batangas.
Superal sank a birdie from 12 feet on the par-4 No. 14 then watched South Korea’s Hwang Min Jeong hole out with a six after an errant drive and a poor approach shot as the Filipina ace surged ahead after trailing by two in the early going of a fiercely fought duel between two amateur hotshots.
With a 36-hole total of 141, Superal moved closer to nailing a second leg win this season on the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour after the top The Country Club bet edged reigning back-to-back Order of Merit winner Cyna Rodriguez in a playoff at Wack Wack last April.
“I need to play my A-game to score another win since Hwang is playing solid,” said Superal, who has won three titles in the country’s first ladies pro circuit sponsored by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Hwang’s 71 gave her a 142 aggregate.
Rodriguez shot a 71 and Jayvie Agojo fired a 72 to stand three strokes off the pace at 144.
The 14-year-old Hwang actually broke away from a four-way tie early, hitting birdies on Nos. 2 and 5 but Superal bounced back with her own birdies on No. 7 and 9 as the duo made the turn at 34.
Superal fell behind again with a bogey on No. 10 but went 2-up on that 3-shot swing although she dropped a shot on a missed-green bogey mishap on No. 16 and needed to match Hwang’s closing birdie to preserve a one-stroke lead.
Agojo recovered from a poor 38 start with three birdies in the first four holes at Mt. Lubo to wheel back into contention but the former Philippine Ladies Open champion and winner of the Riviera leg last year stumbled with a bogey on the par-3 17th.