SARAH Ababa struggled to a closing 75 but that was enough to top the Sherwood Ladies Classic on Thursday and post her first win on the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.
Ababa won by two strokes over Chihiro Ikeda and Korean amateur Hwang Min Jeong after a tough day at Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Cavite.
“It’s a great feeling winning for the first time,” said Ababa. “I’ve been looking for this one for a long time.”
Ababa pocketed the top prize of P100,000 with a 54-hole total of 220, four-over par, for her first win in the three-year-old tour sponsored by ICTSI.
Ikeda and Hwang both shot 75 and shared runner-up honors at 222.
“I’m happy with the result since it’s been a long time since I wound up second. I’ll just try to make up in the next leg,” said Ikeda.
Riviera leg winner Cyna Rodriguez closed out her stint in the fifth leg of the eight-stage circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. the way she started it – struggling – as the reigning Order of Merit champion skied to a 77 and turned in her worst finish of 15-over 231 for fourth.
Anya Tanpinco had an 80 and placed fifth at 233, Korea’s Kim So Un made an 81 for sixth at 234, Koh Eu Na, another Korean amateur, stood a shot farther back at 235 after a 78, while Thailand’s Amolkan Phalajivin shot a final-round 76 for a 236.