PRINCESS Superal grabbed a six-stroke lead with a second-round 69 on Thursday as overnight leader Chihiro Ikeda faltered in the ICTSI Tagaytay Highlands Challenge Highlands Golf and Country Club.
Superal went from one-down to two-up just after four holes as Ikeda fumbled with three straight bogeys from No. 2.
The Symetra Tour negated her bogey mishap on No. 5 with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9. Superal stumbled with a bogey on No. 16 but holed out with a birdie for a 140 as Ikeda dropped two strokes on the 16th and closed out with a bogey for a 76 and a 146.
“My driving has been consistent and my irons worked well,” said Superal, who hit nine fairways and 11 greens.
“I hope my long wait is over and I’m really hungry for a win,” added the former US Girls Juniors champion, now 18 holes away from scoring a follow-up to her last LPGT win in 2016 at Eastridge, where she nipped then amateur Pauline del Rosario by one.
Cyna Rodriguez fired a 71 for third spot at 148 entering the final round of the 54-hole championship sponsored by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
The rest, including the fancied Thais, continued to waver in tough condition with Sarinee Thitiratanakorn hobbling with a 79 for a 154 and compatriot Amolkan Phalajivin rebounding from an opening 79 with a 77 for a 156 for joint fifth with local amateur Kristine Torralba, who shot an 81 after a 75.
Sarah Ababa shot an 80 and dropped to joint seventh with Korean amateur Choeun Bang, who made a 79, and amateur golfer Mafy Singson, who turned in an 81.
Tirana Yoopan, also of Thailand, carded a second 80 for a 160 in the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZGm PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.