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Constantino 2 shots up

LIPA City, Batangas – Amateur Harmie Constantino put on an amazing show of shotmaking and iron game and outgunned pros Chihiro Ikeda and Thai Chatprapa Siriprakob with a six-under 66 to pad her lead two over Saraporn Chamchoi in the second round of the ICTSI Malarayat Ladies Classic here yesterday.

The diminutive Constantino bounced back from a one-over card after seven holes with a stirring seven-birdie feat in the last 11, closing out with a five-under 31 for that 66 and a 137 aggregate counting her opening 71 at the Mt. Malarayat composite course Tuesday.

The emerging star from Bulacan set up a number of birdie chances, highlighting her sizzling backside stint with a chip-in birdie on the 10th as she overshadowed Chamchoi’s equally solid 67 in a flight ahead.

“I just got lucky,” said the soft-spoken, 15-year-old Constantino, the reigning national champion who is also coming off a victory in the Gary Woodland Championship in the US last month.

Chamchoi, just one behind Constantino at the start of the round, hit just one birdie in a bogey-free frontside to stay a stroke adrift then gunned down four at the back, including on No. 16 that tied her with Constantino in the lead at five-under in the event sponsored by ICTSI.

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