SILANG, Cavite – Princess Superal birdied the last three holes to salvage a two-over 69 and tie a charging Yupaporn Kawinpakorn of Thailand in the second round of the ICTSI South Forbes Ladies Invitational at the South Forbes Golf Club here yesterday.
That scorching finish at the up-and-down par-67 layout enabled the Filipina ace to rally from three down in the last three holes and grab a share of the lead at one-over 135 as Kawinpakorn put in a tournament-best two-under 65.
Kawinpakorn, four behind Superal after the first 18 holes, pulled to within two with an even 33 start then stormed ahead with a huge three-shot swing on No.11 and another two-shot swing on the next. But she failed to match Superal’s fiery windup and missed gaining the upperhand heading to the last 18 holes of the season-ending P750,000 championship sponsored by ICTSI.
Still, she kept Thailand’s bid for a sweep of the last two legs of the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour after a 1-2-3 finish by her compatriots in the recent Philippine Ladies Masters at The Country Club.
Dottie Ardina recovered from a 70 with a 68 although the LPGA and Symetra Tour campaigner stood three strokes off the joint leaders with a 138 for joint third with another Thai Chonlada Chayanun, who started the round just a stroke off Superal but hobbled with a 71.
But no lead is safe at the short but challenging layout, guaranteeing a wide open battle for the top P150,000 purse, not just among the frontrunners but also for those just four or five strokes behind.