PRINCESS Superal became the first amateur to win on the inaugural ladies pro tour, capping her three-day romp with a three-under 66 for an eight-stroke victory over Chihiro Ikeda in the P500,000 ICTSI Camp John Hay Ladies Philippine Golf Tour at John Hay Golf Club on Thursday in Baguio City.
Not only did Superal rout the pro field and a slew of fellow amateurs with a 17-under 190 but also beat them in style, finishing without a bogey in the 54-hole tournament which served as the final leg of the five-stage ladies pro circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
After virtually wrapping up the crown with a splendid 14-under 124 after 36 holes for an eight-shot lead over Ikeda and fellow amateur Pauline del Rosario, Superal played it safe by settling for pars in the first seven holes but resumed what she does best all tournament long – hit birdies.
She knocked down her first for the day on the eighth, added another on No. 10 then gunned down her last on No. 12 – all from eight feet, missing 11 birdie chances inside seven feet.
“I really tried to make birdies today but they just won’t fall in,” said Superal, who capped her flawless stint with perhaps her most pressure-packed putt in three days – a 10-foot par save on the par-5 17th off the greenside bunker.
With Superal dominating, the others were left to battle for runner-up honors and Ikeda played steady down the stretch to finish solo second at 198 and bag the top prize of P100,000.
Tied at eight-under overall with three holes left, Ikeda birdied Nos. 16 and 17 then watched Del Rosario fall by the wayside with a double-bogey mishap on No. 17.
Del Rosario finished with a birdie for a 68 and wound up third at 200.
“It’s pure hard work. Princess, Del Rosario and their teammates have been training and working hard not only to improve their respective games but also to build up stamina for tough courses like John Hay,” said Team ICTSI coach Bong Lopez.
Absentee Dottie Ardina and Cyna Rodriguez split the first four legs of the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. but both also didn’t see action in two legs although
Cyna Rodriguez made a birdie-birdie finish to take solo fourth, snatching the P70,000 runner-up prize with a 206.
Jayvie Agojo wound up fifth at 207 after a 68 worth P45,000.
Rodriguez topped the Order of Merit with P270,000 in earnings, while Agojo was second with two third place and three fifth place finishes and P257,000 in the circuit backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Gatorade, Sharp and Custom Clubmakers.
Thai Amolkan Phalajivin bounced back with a 66 and placed sixth at 209 worth P36,000 while amateurs Sam Bruce (72) and Mikaela Fortuna (75) came in seventh and eighth with 211 and 214, respectively.
Lucy Landicho wound up ninth with 215 after a 72 and took the fifth prize of P32,000 while amateur Abby Arevalo shot a 72 to tie Apple Fudolin (69) and Lovelynn Guioguio (71) at 216.