DAVAO CITY – Manila Southwoods will take a three-point lead over defending champion Pradera Verde to the final round of the 13th Philippine Airlines Ladies Interclub golf team championships at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club.
Sunshine Baraquiel scored 52 points while Mafy Singson and Annika Guangko added 50 and 48, respectively as Southwoods matched Pradera Verde’s 150-point effort to keep the lead with 460.
Southwoods got a big lift from the disqualification of Pradera Verde's Korean ace Luna Shin, who signed a wrong scorecard. Shin inadvertently submitted 53 points after scoring a par on the eighth hole where she actually made bogey.
As a result, Pradera Verde slipped back to 147 from a share of first place with Southwoods.
Malaysian Ika Nasser again led Pradera Verde with 52 and got a pair of 49s from Annyka Pineda-Cayabyab and Malaysian Charlyne Chongshinling.
Southwoods captain Claire Ong said she’s happy to be in front.
“I think we’re pretty even tomorrow. We are excited to play,” said Ong.
Pradera Verde skipper Norman Sto. Domingo shrugged off the disappointment of losing three points due to disqualification.
“We’re still going to win by two or three points tomorrow,” Sto. Domingo said.
Asian Games champion Yuka Saso will carry Pradera Verde’s hopes against a Southwoods crew led by Sofia Chabon.
In other divisions, Del Monte leads Founders, Tagaytay Highlands paces Sportswriters and Rancho Palos Verdes 2 is ahead in Friendship.
Major sponsors for the 13th PAL Ladies Interclub include Airbus, Bombardier, People Asia, UM Broadcasting Network and Primax Broadcasting Network.
Other sponsors are TFC, Mastercard, Resorts World, SEDA Hotel, SM Supermalls and Banco de Oro. Donors are Asia Brewery and Philippine National Bank.
CHAMPIONSHIP – Pradera Verde 460 (151-156-153), Manila Southwoods 460 (156-154-150)
FOUNDERS – Del Monte 406 (136-138-132), Lady Eagles Ace 395 (116-158-121), Negros Occidental 380, Alabang 1 373 (123-136-116), Orchard 349 (117-117-115), Wack Wack 338 (119-105114)
SPORTSWRITERS – Tagaytay Highlands 337 (106-120-111), Aguinaldo 334 (109-118-107), Pueblo de Oro 318 (121-99-98), Rancho Palos Verdes 1 304 (111-103-92), Lady Eagles Australian Golfers 2 298 (101-99-98), Manila Golf Club 295 (89-111-95), Eagle Ridge 289 (95-88-106), Camp John Hay 289 (89-96-104), Fairways and Bluewater 263 (89-88-86), Alta Vista 239 (84-84-71), Iloilo 203 (74-68-63)
FRIENDSHIP – Rancho Palos Verdes 2 275 (94-98-83), Bacolod 263 (82-84-97), Apo 249 (81-87-81), Alabang 242 (77-84-81), Orchard 217 (95-84-38), Victorias 191 (61-75-55)