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    Koreans rule Queen Sirikit Cup as Filipina golfers settle for third place

    Apr 12, 2014

    PRINCESS Superal carded a 71 and Miya Legaspi came up with a 76 but that wasn’t enough to keep the top spot and the Philippines wound up third as South Korea finished with a flourish to rule the Queen Sirikit Cup on Friday at the Saujana Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.

    The Filipinas entered the final round of the 54-hole tournament two strokes ahead, but the closing 147 put them at 431.

    The Koreans, meanwhile, had a five-under 139 total to clinch the team crown with a 425 aggregate.

    China had a closing 145 to also finish at 431 but took second spot after the countback.

    Superal got to three under after nine holes but failed to sustain it and ended the day at one-under.

    “They actually started strong but the Koreans were simply too hot. After Miya bogeyed No. 11 and Princess dropped a stroke on No. 12, they fell behind by five. But they played really well on a tough course and against the fancied Koreans,” said Team ICTSI coach Bong Lopez.

    Pauline del Rosario, winner of the Junior World 13-14 age group crown last year, had a 78 that was discarded in the three-to-play, four-to-count format.

    It was Korea’s seventh title in the last eight years, including six straight from 2007.

    Last year’s winner Australia rallied to post a tournament-best 138 and salvage fourth place at 435.

    Japan placed fifth at 438 after a 147, while Chinese Taipei pooled a 145 for 439. Thailand, the Philippines’ chief SEA Games rival, wound up seventh at 446 after a 147.

    Superal finished fourth in the individual competition with a two-under 214, five shots behind winner Shi Yuting of China, who had a 209 after a 71.

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    Taiwan’s Cheng Ssu-Chia shot a 69 for a 211 and nipped Korea’s Lee So-young in the countback for runner-up honors.

    Legaspi, who showed the way in the first round with a 69, finished ninth with a 218.

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