TEAM Southeast Asia cut short Team Philippines’ early charge with emphatic wins in the middle singles matches and cruised its second win in the Pradera Verde Ladies Challenge on Tuesday at the Pradera Golf and Country Club in Lubao, Pampanga.
The SEA squad won, 18-13, this time after a nine-point victory last year.
Philippine Ladies Open champion Yuka Saso defeated Michela Tjan of Indonesia, 2 and 1, while Mikha Fortuna beat Audrey Tan of Malaysia, 3 and 2, in a big start by the hosts.
Thailand’sPrampun Kultida routed Bernice Olivarez-Ilas in the third pairing, 7 and 6, while Phannarai Meesom-us dominated young Laurea Duque, 6 and 5, in the fifth.
Malaysia’s Ashley Lau trounced Nicole Abelar, 4 ad 3, securing the three points the visiting squad needed to wrap up the championship.
Team SEA dominated the first two days and took a commanding 12.5-7.5 lead heading to the 11-pair singles duels.
The three singles wins dashed whatever hopes the hosts had although Shannon Tan of Singapore and Thai Onkanok Soisuwan still pulled off victories over Annyka Cayabyab, 1-up, and Tomi Arejola, 5 and 3, respectively.
Pinkaew Trachuentong of Thailand and Kayla Nocum fought to an all-square match.
Sofia Chabon and Kristine Torralba took the last two matches with the former trouncing Zulaikah Nasser of Malaysia, 3&2, and the latter crushing Charlayne Shing Ling, also of Malaysia, 4&3.