PRINCESS Superal went off to a flying start with an eagle but sputtered midway and needed a final-hole birdie for a one-under 71 that put her in second spot in the individual race after the second round of the Santi Cup Golf Championship on Wednesday at the Emeralda Golf Club in Jakarta.
The Filipina, who held a share of the first-round lead, had a two-day aggregate of 143.
Thailand’s Chanya Prathetrat had a sizzling 67 and grabbed the solo lead at 140, taking over the top spot from compatriot Budsabakorn Sukapan.
After sinking an eagle putt from 12 feet on the par-5 No. 1, Superal stumbled with four bogeys in the next nine holes but the 15-year-old shotmaker fought back with three birdies in the last seven holes.
The Philippines retained second place in the team standings but has fallen six strokes behind pacesetting Thailand.
Cyna Rodriguez had a 72, while Jayvie Agojo and Sarah Ababa both carded 74s, one of which counted for the team’s 217 total for a 36-hole aggregate of 438.
Thailand scored a second-round 214 for a 432 total halfway through the 72-hole event serving as the ladies side of the Southeast Asian Amateur Golf Team Championship.
Malaysia stood in third with a 442 after a second-day 218 while Indonesia made a 450 after a 222 followed by Singapore (226-460) and Hong Kong (224-466).
Rodriguez is running fifth in individual play at 146, six behind Prathetrat. Malaysia’s Michelle Lay shot a 68 to seize third place at 144 while Sukapan had a 73 and slid to fourth at 145.
Meanwhile, the men’s team of Jobim Carlos (74), Rupert Zaragoza (75) and Andres Saldana (79) remained in fifth place in the Putra Cup with a 460 after a 228. That was 26 shots off Thailand.
The juniors team of Gio Gandionco (72), JR Quiban (75) and Lloyd Go (78) moved up to second at 454 after a 223 but stood 14 strokes behind Thailand, which scored a 218-440 while Malaysia dropped to third at 455 after a 225 followed by Singapore (230-463), Hong Kong (234-467) and Indonesia (248-473).