TOP Filipina amateur Princess Superal and eight other USGA winners battle it out for top honors against some of the world’s best female shotmakers in the US Women’s Amateur in Oregon Monday at the Portland Golf Club (Tuesday in Manila).
Former Junior World champion Daniella Uy is also in the 156-player field that will play 36 holes of stroke play with the top 64 advancing to the match play phase. The 36-hole finale is set on Sunday in Portland.
Superal, who nipped now pro Marijosse Navarro of Mexico on the 37th hole to capture the US Girls’ Junior title in Arizona last year, drew a midday start with Emmy Martin of Florida and local bet Monica Vaughn in the No. 10.
“She’s confident and in high spirits,” said Team ICTSI-The Country Club coach Bong Lopez on the eve of the event which features nine USGA winners.
“But she really must be on point with her long irons and rescue clubs.”
Superal saw action in a number of tournaments before heading for Portland, including a runaway win in San Francisco two weeks ago, but faces a formidable task in this week’s event given the depth of the competing field.
The Filipina ace, according to Lopez, has also been focusing on physical training to keep her in competitive form in a regular basis and in shape on long courses.
Defending champion Kristen Giliman banners the cast, the 17-year-old Texan set to start early with Haley Moore of California and Lauren Greenlief of Virginia.
Moore, 16, earned low amateur honors in the ANA Inspiration, one of five women’s pro majors, in March.
Uy will start with Australia’s Keh Wenyung and Britanny Kwon of the US.
Other USGA winners vying in the event are six-time champion Ellen Port and Eun Jeong Seong, 15, who succeeded Superal as the US Girls’ champion with a dominant performance in Oklahoma last month.
Here is the USGA preview of the event: