Cyna Rodriguez posted another dominant win on the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, pulling away with an eagle-spiked frontside 33 and capping her romp with a birdie-birdie finish for a 69 and a six-shot victory over Sarah Ababa in the ICTSI Riviera Ladies Classic at Riviera’s Couples Course in Silang, Cavite yesterday.
Rodriguez pounced on Ababa’s bogey start and bested her rival’s birdie on the par-5 No. 2 with an eagle, threatening to blow the field away after taking a two-stroke lead with a 69 Thursday. Though Ababa gained a two-shot swing on No. 4 with another birdie coupled with Rodriguez’s bogey to move within two again, the reigning back-to-back Order of Merit champion birdied No. 7 and 9 for a 33 and pulled six shots away as Ababa bogeyed Nos. 6 and 9 and made the turn at 37.
It was cruise control for Rodriguez at the back, making up for her bogey mishaps on Nos. 11 and 13 with back-to-back birdies to close out the tournament, her second three-under card giving her a 54-hole aggregate of eight-under 208 worth P100,000.
It was actually Rodriguez’s first win in the season after winning half of the eight titles disputed in last year’s second edition of the country’s first ladies pro circuit sponsored by ICTSI. It also atoned for her playoff loss to amateur ace Princess Superal in the ICTSI Wack Wack Invitational last month.
Rodriguez struggled to finish sixth in the kickoff leg at the ICTSI Ladies Open won by Korean Hwang Ye-nah and finished tied for seventh at ICTSI Splendido topped by Thai Meechai Wichanee.
Ababa also carded a second 73 and finished way behind at 214 and took P70,000 for her second runner-up effort after finishing tied with Thai Walailak Satarak at ICTSI Splendido.
Lovelynn Guioguio strung up three straight birdies from No. 6 but could only match Ababa’s 73 as she placed third with a 222 in the P500,000 event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. Guioguio pocketed P45,000.
Last year’s winner Jayvie Agojo matched par 72 and settled for a share of fourth with Korean amateur Hwang Min Jeong, who also carded a 72, at 223 while Koh Eu Na, another Korean amateur, birdied two of the last three holes to save a 74 for solo sixth at 224.
Cristina Corpus of the US shot the day’s only other under-par card, a 71, to snatch seventh place at 229 while Korean Kim So Un ended up eighth at 229 after a 73 and Chihiro Ikeda skied to a 77 and wound up joint ninth with amateur Annika Cedo, who carded a 74, at 230.(pr)