CYNA Rodriguez hobbled with a five-over 77 on Thursday to stand six strokes off the lead in the first round of the South Australia Rene Erichsen Salver golf championship at the Glenelg Golf Club in Adelaide.
Rodriguez, who won the South Australia Women’s Amateur Championship two weeks ago, was in joint fifth.
The Filipina shotmaker had two bogeys and a double bogey in the first nine holes, hit her first birdie only on the 12th, only to reel back with another double-bogey on the next hole.
The 21-year-old reigning Hong Kong Amateur champion knocked down two more birdies on Nos. 15 and 17 but holed out with another double-bogey on the 18th.
Cathleen Santoso took the lead at one-under 71, four strokes clear of Minjee Lee and Nadine Smith, who both had 75s. Sue Wooster carded a 76 for fourth spot.
Jayvie Agojo, the other ICTSI bet in the fold, also made a 77 marred by five bogeys and a double bogey against two birdies.
In Thailand, Dottie Ardina failed to flash a strong finishing kick and settled for second in the Singha-Sat Thai LPGA Championship, closing out with a 72 for a 212, five strokes behind Thai Nontaya Srisawang, who fired a 68 for a 207.
Sarah Ababa shot a second straight 73 to finish sixth with a 222 at the SEA Pine Golf Club.