CYNA Rodriguez built an early lead and survived a shaky closing stretch to beat Jenny Lee 2&1 and rule the South Australian Women’s Amateur Championship on Sunday at the Grange Golf Club in Adelaide.
Rodriguez went 4-up after the first 18 holes of the 36-hole finale, padded the lead to six with eight holes to play but floundered as Lee fought back in the final holes. But she matched Lee's par on the 17th to finally hold off the South Australia-based Korean and clinch the coveted crown.
“The wind started to blow hard in the closing holes and I made bogeys and she hit a couple of birdies. But I stayed focused and made some clutch putts in the end,” said Rodriguez, the first Filipina to win the tournament in South Australia which started in 1920.
Rodriguez also fired a course-record five-under 68 in the second round to claim the low medal honors in the 36-hole stroke play eliminations at the par-73 Flagstaff Hill course.
“Coach Bong (Lopez) and I are really working hard on our putting. That’s the goal of the team this year and that’s what our boss (ICTSI chair and CEO Ricky Razon) has been telling us – to dedicate more hours and time to putting. So even our putting drills are hard, complete with video analysis,” said Rodriguez.
Jayvie Agojo missed making it an all-Filipina finale when she dropped a 2&1 decision to Lee in the last four.