THAILAND’s Chatprapa Siriprakob fired a three-under 69 to grab a share of the lead with Yuka Saso after the second round of the P500,000 ICTSI Eagle Ridge Ladies Invitational on Thursday at Eagle Ridge’s Aoki course in Gen. Trias, Cavite.
Three behind Saso and three other amateurs after 18 holes, Siriprakob ran off three birdies in the first seven holes for a five-under 139 total.
“I needed to have a good round today to have a chance at the title,” said Siriprakob.
“I’m happy to have a nice score despite humid condition.”
Saso added 72 to her opening 67, fumbling with a double-bogey on No. 5 before gunning down birdies on Nos. 12 and 15.
But the 14-year-old reigning national junior match play champion hit an errant drive on the par-4 17th and holed out with bogey.
“I had a hard time targeting the pins at the back, most of which were strategically placed on the sides,” said Saso, who stayed on course for her first victory on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang, another Thai pro, was two strokes behind after a one-under 71.
Princess Superal shot a 72.
“I had a bad start but somehow recovered at the back,” said Superal.
Korean Kang Ji-won also carded a 73 and tied Hwang Min Jeong, winner at Mt. Malarayat last year who faltered with a 74, at 143.
Sarah Ababa, who scored a breakthrough at Sherwood last year, was five strokes off the joint leaders after a 73. Lovelyn Guioguio turned in a second 73 for solo eighth at 146.
Pauline del Rosario, tied for second at the start of the day, fired a 78 and tumbled to joint ninth at 147 with Anya Tanpinco, who shot a 7 in the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Sharp, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Champion, TaylorMade and Pacsports.