PRINCESS Superal fired a 71 for a six-stroke lead after Wednesday’s second round of the 21st W Express RVF Cup Amateur Golf Championship at Canlubang Golf North Course.
Superal was the only player under par for the round, with a 143 aggregate, well ahead of Bernice Olivarez-Ilas, who carded a 73.
National women’s stroke play champion Harmie Constantino hobbled with a 76 and slid to third at 150, followed by Yuka Saso, who limped with a 77 for a 152.
Sam Martirez shot a 75 for a 154 in a tie with Nicole Abelar, who carded a 77.
“I feel good and in control of my game. But a six-shot lead is nothing at Cangolf, so I have to press on and try to pull way,” said Superal, looking for her seventh straight win, including a follow-up to her title romps in Hong Kong Ladies Amateur and the Philippine Ladies Open last month.
Japan’s Yuto Katsuragawa birdied three of the four par-5s and wound up with a four-under 68 for a four-shot lead over Luis Castro and Justin Quiban in men’s play.
Katsuragawa, who has won a number of low amateur honors on the Philippine Golf Tour, gunned down birdies on Nos. 2, 14 and 17 – all par 5s – and on Nos. 7 and 10.
He had a missed green bogey on the par-3 11th and stood at 140 halfway through the 72-hole championship sponsored by W Express and held in honor of the late golf patron Rod Feliciano.
Castro failed to sustain an impressive opening 70 with a shaky start of two double bogeys and a bogey, winding up with a 74 and a 144 total.
Quiban mixed three birdies against the same number of bogeys for a 72.
Jobim Carlos never recovered from a bogey-riddled 39 on the front nine and ended up with a 75, dropping from solo second to fourth at 146, six shots adrift, in the event sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation, Smart, PLDT and Metro Pacific Investment Corp. and Cangolf and serving as part of the PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour.