Daniella Uy and Princess Superal combined for a 144 as Team Philippines beat Thailand, 576-583, to capture the girls’ 15-17 team championship in the Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego, California Friday.
Uy, who finished second to Mariel Galdiano in individual play, and Superal, who ended up sixth, frustrated Ornicha Konsunthea and Benyapa Niphatsophon with a steady round at Torrey Pines North Course, matching their Thai rivals’ closing even par card to cruise to a seven-shot victory.
It was Team Phl’s third win in the annual event counting Team ICTSI mainstay Pauline del Rosario and Kristoffer Arevalo’s sweep of the 13-14 titles Thursday.
Japan, which led in the first round, wound up third in team play with a 584 after a 147.
Fil-Am Rico Hoey, who anchored the Philippines title romp in the recent Putra Cup, teamed up with Aaron Wise to capture the boys’ 15-17 team crown for the US. They pooled a 579 to beat Canada’s Matt Williams and Patrick Murphy, who assembled a 586.
Over in North Carolina, Cyna Rodriguez blew a 3-up lead with eight holes to play and dropped a 2&1 decision to Ally McDonald in the match play phase of the Women’s North and South Amateur Golf Championship in Pinehurst Friday.
Rodriquez cracked under pressure and bogeyed the last four holes, enabling his Mississippi rival to snatch the win and advance to the quarterfinal round of the
It was a sorry setback for the top ICTSI-backed bet, who birdied Nos. 2 and 3 to go 2-up and took another hole on No. 6 despite a bogey as McDonald stumbled with a double-bogey.
She kept the lead with pars on Nos. 9 and 10 but failed to salvage pars from close range in the next two to enable McDonald to close within, 1-up.
After both parred the par-4 13th, Rodriguez again fumbled with back-to-back bogeys to go one-hole down and lost another hole on the par-3 17th to yield the match.(pr)