PRINCESS Superal broke a near two-year spell on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour in smashing fashion, ruling the P1 million ICTSI Tagaytay Highlands Ladies Challenge by a record 16-strokes.
Finally flashing the form that won her a number of pro tournaments as an amateur and as a newly-minted pro, Superal tamed the wind-raked Highlands layout with solid driving and superb iron play, netting four birdies that negated a lone bogey on No. 4 for a closing three-under 67 and outclassing the field that included a slew of Thai aces with a 54-hole total of three-under 207 worth P250,000.
Finishing a far second was Cyna Rodriguez, who hardly recovered from two bogeys in the first five holes with a birdie on the sixth and limped with a closing 40 and a 75 for 223. She took home P120,000.
“I’ve waited for this for so long and I’m very, very happy to have finally put it all together and won again,” said Superal, who has had a number of top five finishes since winning last in late 2016 via a one-stroke victory over then amateur Pauline del Rosario at Eastridge.
“This will surely boost my confidence in my next tournaments,” added Superal, whose feat erased the previous largest winning margin of 15 which Thailand’s Meechai Wichanee, now an LPGA player, posted at Splendido in 2015.
Superal looks to make it back-to-back as LPGT goes to Riviera next week, her final local tournament before kicking off her 2018 campaign in the Symetra Tour in the IOA Championship in Beaumont, California from April 6 to 8.
Chihiro Ikeda, playing with a slight wrist injury, failed to rebound from a triple bogey on the par-5 No. 4, finishing with an 83 and ending up third at 228 worth P85,000.
Amolkan Phalajivin, the first Thai winner in the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. in 2014 at Splendido, bogeyed the last two holes for a 75 but emerged as the top finisher among the aces from Thailand at fourth at 231.
She nipped Tiranan Yoopan, who settled for fifth at 232 despite a 72 while Kristine Torralba closed out with back-to-back pars to edge Korean Bang Choeun by two in their spirited battle for low amateur honors in the fifth leg of the circuit sponsored by ICTSI.
Torralba closed out with a 77 to finish sixth at 233 while Bang bogeyed the last four holes for a 76 and ended up eighth at 235 behind Thai Saruttaya Ngam-usawan, who had a 234 after a 73 in the tournament backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZGm PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.