Princess Superal fired a three-under 69 worth 57 Molave points as she wrested a two-point lead over Daniella Uy at the start of the 50th Southern Ladies golf tournament at the Pueblo de Oro Golf and Country Club in Cagayan de Oro City yesterday.
Superal, wno edged Sunshine Baraquiel in a playoff to capture the crown in Cebu last year, played true to form and hit six birdies against three bogeys en route to an impressive start in the 54-hole championship organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Phils.
But Uy, who teamed up with the top ICTSI-The Country Club bet to rule the NGAP Meralco national doubles recently, stayed within striking distance of Superal with 55 points from a one-under 71 card in medal play.
Apple Fudolin of Del Monte and Southwoods Marvi Monsalve both carded 54 points from a pair of even par cards while new ICTSI-TCC member Abby Arevalo shot 53 points from a 73 to put herself in early contention in the event sponsored by Philippine Sports Commission, WWWExpress, Security Bank, Hans Brumann Jeweler, DPC Yellow Pages, St. Luke’s Medical Center and Leisure and Resorts World Corp.
Earlier, former Mayor and Gov. Constantino Jaraula, Pueblo Golf chairman Manuel Roa and Pueblo Ladies Chapter president Anna Roa hit the ceremonial drive to kick off the event which features the leading players and rising stars in the ranks.
Kristine Leonen of Del Monte and Camp Aguinaldo’s Harmie Constantino shot identical 74s worth 52 points while Sarah Ababa struggled with 51 points after a 75 in a tie with Pamela Mariano of Del Monte.
Annika Cedo of Southwoods scored 53 points from a gross 73 as she took a one-point lead over ICTSI-TCC’s Sofia Chabon, who had 52 points from a 74 in Class A. Cebu Country Club’s Lois Kaye Go and Del Monte’s Rainstar Roque both carded 76s worth 50 points for joint third.
Club bet Carolene Go Jeun and Grace Montilla of Riviera shared the Class B lead with 41 points from a pair of 85s with Pueblo’s Celine Menes 2 points behind at 39 points and Rosalinda Inson of Pueblo and Cebu’s Ryoko Nagai tied for 3rd place with 38 points after an 88 and 80 while Forest Hill’s Mary Ang took charge in Class C with 36 points, two ahead of Janeth Agripa of CAGC at 34 points and Beth Crisologo of CAGC, Evelyn Roque of Pueblo, and Medy Agustin are tied for 3rd place at 33 points a piece.
In Class D,Pueblo’s Song Yun Kyen is first at 36 points while Nitz Salivio 35 points of CAGC is in 2nd place and former champion Leni Cabili and Josephine Vergara are tied for 3rd at 32 points.(pr)