THAILAND’S Supamas Sangchan boosted her bid for back-to-back titles, firing a two-under 70 to grab a two-stroke lead over Princess Superal in the second round of the 2014 Champion Infinity Philippine Ladies Open Golf Championship on Thursday at Forest Hills in Antipolo.
Sangchan, who started the day three strokes behind overnight leader Pauline del Rosario, hit four birdies against two bogeys for a 141 aggregate, taking a step closer to retaining the crown she won in dramatic fashion at Mt. Malarayat last year.
“I need to play steady again since it’s not easy to play the course,” said Sangchan, who outlasted Dottie Ardina on the sixth extra hole to rule the 2013 event presented by Champion Infinity.
Superal made her move after a woeful opening 75, turning in the day’s best score of four-under 68 with a four-birdie binge at the back nine for a 143 total.
The 14-year-old Del Rosario, who fired an opening 68, carded a 76 and slipped to third at 144 in the 54-hole championship organized by Women’s Golf Association of the Philippines and sponsored by Peerless Products Manufacturing, maker of Champion Infinity.
“I have to play a whole lot better in the final round,” said Del Rosario.
Focus will be on Superal, however, as the SEA Games champion rebounded from a so-so first round stint with two birdies in the first four holes. Although she stumbled with a double-bogey on the fifth on poor pitches, she waxed hot at the back with three straight birdies from No. 11 before hitting another on the 16th from three feet.
She capped her brilliant round with two saved pars in the last two holes.
“It was quite windy but it actually did not matter too much. The greens, though, were a lot faster today,” said Superal, winner of nine tournaments last year, including the final leg of the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.
Thais Pannarat Thanapoonbolyaras matched par 72 and Sherman Santiwiwattanaphong had a 73 to tie for fourth at 149 with Malaysia’s Michelle Koh in the tournament backed by Meralco, Jungolf, Holland Blooms, Duty Free, Nike Golf, Alabang Ladies, Orchard Ladies, Manila Golf Ladies, Canlubang Ladies, Tagaytay Ladies and Forest Hills Ladies Cirle.
Another shot back at 150 in the event supported by the Department of Tourism, Spectrum Graphics and Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Universal Robina Corporation and C2, with Impact Magazine and Inquirer as media partners, and hole-in-one sponsors TIB and Forest Hills, were Singapore’s Amelia Yong (78), Harmie Constantino (79) and Bianca Pagdanganan (74).