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Ikeda breaks ice

DASMARINAS, Cavite – Chihiro Ikeda finally nailed the elusive win on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, completing a wire-to-wire triumph in the ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship with a closing 73 for a three-stroke victory over Lovelyn Guioguio at Orchard’s Player’s course here yesterday.

With a five-shot lead at the start of the final round, Ikeda played pressure-free all day, even posting a seven-hot margin with a 34 start before slowing down in the tougher backside which she tackled in three-over par, enabling Guioguio to close the gap at the finish.

But not even Guioguio’s three-birdie binge to kick of her backside charge and Ikeda’s three-bogey mishap in a five-hole stretch from No. 11 could alter the outcome of the R750,000 tournament sponsored by ICTSI as Guioguio bogeyed the par-3 14 then watched the Fil-Japanese birdie the 17th to wrap up the championship.