The veteran campaigner, who anchored the Thais’ six-title haul in last year’s edition of the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour with two victories, has vowed to better her winning 10-under total as she faces a souped-up roster in the 54-hole championship on a course that features 18 of the world’s renowned golf holes.
The 22-year-old rising star from Pha-Yao turned what was expected to be a wild final round battle at Mount Malarayat into a cruise when she bested the field and won by six over compatriot Pimpadsorn Sangkagaro with a closing 71.
Juntanaket, out to make up for her joint 18th at Pradera Verde Ladies last month, fell behind early with a triple-bogey on a lost ball on the first hole of Mt. Malipunyo but after a run of brave pars, she hit back-to-back birdies from No. 13 of Mt. Makulot then added another on the par-5 No. 16 to save a 39-33.
Juvic Pagunsan turned the final round of the ICTSI Riviera Classic into a victory walk, closing out with a 70 for a whopping eight-shot victory over Tony Lascuña and a record fourth straight championship on the Philippine Golf Tour
The power hitting former Philippine Open champion actually nailed one last month while on a break from the region’s most lucrative circuit when he ran away with a five-stroke romp in the ICTSI Manila Southwoods stop of PGT Asia.
Bourdage blew a 2-up lead with five holes left as Saso parred and birdied Nos. 14 and 15, respectively, but the former banged in a 16-foot birdie putt on No. 16 after Saso putted short from 20 feet out to go 1-up again.
After gaining medalist honors with a bogey-free 12-under 132 in the 36-hole medal play, Saso actually expressed some concerns over playing head-to-head. But she quickly brushed aside those worries with a strong start to set up a Round of 32 clash with Phoebe Brinker from Delaware, who nipped Colombia’s Valery Plata, 1-up.
After firing an opening bogey-free 63 on a hot putter for a five-stroke lead Wednesday, Ikeda struggled on John Hay’s tricky, undulating surface, stumbling with two bogeys and a double-bogey in the first five holes and making the turn at four-over 39, enabling her pursuers to gain ground in hot conditions.
Tough pin placements likewise took the best from the bidders in the $100,000 event serving as the third leg of the third season of Philippine Golf Tour Asia as the Jack Nicklaus-designed layout proved a lot tougher in blustery conditions with a number of pre-tournament favorites missing the 50-plus ties cut at 143. They included last year’s winner Jay Bayron (71-144), first leg winner at Luisita Namchok Tantipokhakul of Thailand (73-144), multi-titled Tony Lascuña (74-144) and reigning PGT Order of Merit winner Jobim Carlos (75-151).
Proving he’s a cut above the rest, Pagunsan hit three birdies at the front to tie third round joint leader Rene Menor at the helm then recovered from a bogey on No. 10 with a birdie on the 17th to match Bibat’s closing 67 and force a sudden death at 272s.