CYNA Rodriguez made two birdies against two bogeys in the last six holes but her 72 proved enough to keep the lead in the second round of the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour on Thursday at The Country Club in Canlubang.
The 21-year-old Rodriguez had a 36-hole total of three-under 141, one stroke clear of Dottie Ardina, Princess Superal and Miya Legaspi.
“I’m happy to maintain my lead but I have to improve on my putting tomorrow,” said Rodriguez, who chipped in for birdie on No. 1 but shanked her approach shot on the par-4 No. 7 and wound up with a double-bogey after twice lipping out for par and bogey.
The 2010 Philippine Ladies Open champion also flubbed a six-footer for par on the tough final hole and missed taking a two-shot cushion in the final round of the 54-hole championship organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Ardina hit three birdies in the first five holes on the back nine, but had a missed-green bogey on No. 15 and wound up with a 70 for a 142 aggregate.
“No luck in putting, there were good rolls but the putts didn’t go in,” rued Ardina, who hit four birdies including a tap-in on No. 14 after her eagle putt from eight feet lipped out.
Conditions were tough and play was even stopped for 20 minutes due to heavy rain and lightning, but Superal, another amateur out to upstage the pros in this kickoff leg of the five-stage circuit, played well and rebounded strong from an opening 73 with the day’s best score of three-under 69.
"I have to lessen putting mistakes to get a chance (at the title)," said Superal, who gunned down five birdies inside seven feet.
Legaspi also totaled 142, ramming in a clutch birdie on No. 14 and making a run of pars as the 14-year-old amateur stayed in the hunt with a gutsy 72 in the P500,000 tournament backed by Gatorade, Sharp and Custom Clubmakers.
After a sterling 70, Jayvie Agojo lost her touch and carded a 76, dropping to 146, five shots behind Rodriguez, while Lovelynn Guioguio matched par 72 for a 147.
Amateur Sam Bruce carded a 76 and dropped to 150 in a tie with Sarah Ababa, who shot a second 75.
Harmie Constantino, another amateur, hobbled with a 77 for a 151 in a tie with ICTSI team member Pauline del Rosario, who made a 76, and Anya Tanpinco, who limped home with an 80.
Three-time Philippine Ladies Open champion Mary Grace Estuesta scored a 77 after an opening 82 but remained way behind at 159, the same total by amateur Annika Cedo, who had a second-round 78.