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Cyna, Jayvie seek No. 2 as LPGT John Hay unwraps

Jayvie Agojo.(pr photo)
Jayvie Agojo.(pr photo)
BAGUIO – Cyna Rodriguez and Jayvie Agojo hope to sizzle early in this cool mountaintop course and fuel their respective drive for win No. 2 on the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour when the P500,000 Camp John Hay Invitational is fired off starting  Tuesday, July 1 at John Hay Golf Club here.
After the first two legs at the longer but relatively flat Orchard and Riviera courses, the compact field tackle the short but up-and-down par-69 layout with unpredictable greens and which puts premium on accuracy with some holes requiring conservative play. Amateur Princess Superal flashed flawless form to rule this event last year, finishing with a bogey-free 54-hole 17-under 190 total and beating Chihiro Ikeda by 8.
But the Team ICTSI standout, also the reigning SEA Games individual champion, is in the US campaigning in various tournaments and will not be able to defend her crown, leaving Rodriguez and Agojo as the top picks for the top P100,000 purse in the event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Rodriguez nipped Agojo in their battle for fourth place here last year and the former went on to edge the latter in their fight for the Order of Merit crown, thus making this event a grudge match.
“I plan to get the feel first of the supposed hard greens of John Hay and see how I can attack the pins in the second round,” said Rodriguez, who also won the kickoff leg of this year’s circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. at Orchard but skipped the next stage at Riviera last week to compete in a tournament in Taiwan where she finished joint 16th.
Agojo also said it will all boil down to putting with the former Philippine Ladies Open champion finding the surface not to her liking during yesterday’s pro-am tournament backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.
“Putting can be tricky. The speed of the greens vary that one has to read it carefully. Dapat maingat,” said Agojo.
Korean Kwok Seo Yon also primed herself up for the title run as she ruled the pro-am event with amateur partners Raul Tengco, Manny Solis and Chris Bautista on a 22-under 47 total while Amolkan Phalajivin of Thailand is also tipped to contend for the crown in the third leg of the eighth-stage circuit.
But Kwok, who placed fourth at Riviera and the Thai veteran of the Asian Ladies Golf Tour will have their hands full early as they drew Rodriguez in the 8:1 a.m. flight with Agojo to start at 7:52 a.m. in the company of Sarah Ababa and Korean amateur Jung Jung Soon.
“Ill try my best but the course is very tiring,” said Kwok.

Others in the fold are Lovelynn Guioguio, Heidi Chua, Apple Fudolin, Lina de Guzman, Anya Tanpinco, Majorie Pulumbarit, Lucy Landicho, Eva Minoza, Jan Punzalan, Sylvia Torres and amateurs Nikki Bruce, Marianne Bustos and Park Hyo Jin of Korea.(pr)

Agojo clinches 3-shot win as Ikeda fumbles

SILANG, Cavite – Jayvie Agojo pounced on Chihiro Ikeda’s disastrous quintuple bogey on No. 11 to wrest control then birdied No. 16 and parred the last two holes to pound out a three-stroke victory in the P500,000 ICTSI Riviera Ladies Classic despite a closing one-over 73 at the Couples course here, Friday.
Ignoring her rival’s misfortune on the 11th, Agojo went from two-down to two-up despite a bogey on the par-5 hole, then went on an attack mode to hit two birdies against a bogey in the last seven to clinch the win, snapping a long spell on the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour after a string of runner-up finishes last year.
“I really did not pay attention on the scores but kept focus on how to score birdies,” said Agojo, who ended up with the lone under-par total of 215 through the 54-hole tournament which served as the second leg of this year’s circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
“Even if I was in the lead after what happened to Chihiro, I still went on an aggressive mode,” added Agojo as she heeded the advice caddie pro Erwin Vinluan, who took over from Tonton Asistio, to go for the kill.
Agojo, who actually nailed her maiden pro win in Thailand last year but went on a spell in last year’s inaugurals of the country’s first-ever ladies pro circuit, pocketed the top purse of P100,000.
Ikeda, who took the lead from Agojo with a 71 Thursday, also went all-out after that 10 but just couldn’t hit birdies and settled for pars the rest of the way. She wound up with a 77 for a 218.
“It was unfortunate on what happened on No. 11,” rued Ikeda, who hit a butterfly off the tee, needed two shots to get out of the greenside bunker and reached the green in 6. Worse, she four-putted for that 10.
“I tried to strike back but just ran out of holes,” said Ikeda, who took home P70,000 and the stigma of that uncharacteristic 10 as she heads to Japan for a tournament next week.
Korean amateur Hwang Min Jeong, who threatened to within two with an impressive 70 in the second round, cracked when ranged against Agojo and Ikeda, hobbling with a 38 at the front and finishing with a 75. She, however, still took third place at 218 in the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.
Kwon Seo Yon, a Korean pro, carded a 74 and placed fourth at 220 but pocketed the third prize worth P45,000 while Anya Tanpinco and Sarah Ababa finished tied for fifth at 222 after a pair of 74s.
Lovelynn Guioguio, who had a solid 71 in the first round, hardly recovered from a 79 with a 77 to wind up seventh at 227 while Apple Fudolin made a 77, Lina de Guzman shot a 79 and amateur Ashia Nocum had a 79 and took the next three spots at 232, 234 and 236, respectively.(pr)

Late birdies net Ikeda one-shot lead  

SILANG, Cavite – Chihiro Ikeda and Jayvie Agojo switched places in the rain with the former leaning on late birdies to card a one-under 71 and snatch a one-stroke lead over the erstwhile leader in the second round of the P500,000 ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour at Riviera’s Couples layout here, Thursday.
Ikeda, who blew a solid start with a shaky finish Wednesday, hit back-to-back birdies from close range from No. 15 – the first catching Agojo at the helm and the other netting her the lead at three-under 141.
“We kind of struggled because of the rain. But I hit it good approach shots to within four feet on Nos. 15 and 16,” said Ikeda. “But there’s still a lot of work to do to finally win here.”
Agojo, who grabbed a one-stroke lead over Ikeda with a 69 in the first round, kept her edge at the turn, dropped to a share of the lead after Ikeda birdied No. 10, but surged ahead again with a birdie on No. 12.
But after the duo fumbled with bogeys on No. 14, Ikeda tied Agojo then took control as the Fil-Japanese shotmaker moved 18 holes away from nailing a first victory on the country’s first ladies pro circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Agojo, also in the hunt for her first local pro win, slid to second at 142 after a 73 and went straight to the practice green to polish her stroke.
“Putting was the difference,” said Agojo caddie and former pro Tonton Asistio. “We made about 28 putts in the first round but we had two three-putts today (yesterday). She really struggled on the greens.”
That should set the stage for a final round shootout between the fancied pair although a young Korean amateur threatened to spoil Ikeda and Agojo’s duel for the top P100,000 in the second leg of the eight-stage circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Riviera’s Hwang Min Jeong, who carries a 0.4 handicap, failed to sustain a three-under card with three holes to go, dropping a stroke on the par-5 16th to settle for a two-under 70.
But counting her earlier 73, Hwang moved just two strokes behind Ikeda at 143, earning her a spot in the championship round of the event backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.
Ikeda birdied No. 2 to tie Agojo but fell back with a missed-green, three-putt mishap for a double-bogey on the next only to bounce back with a six-foot birdie on No. 4. She, however, dropped another stroke on No. 8 to match Agojo’s opening 37 marred by bogeys on Nos. 5 and 9 against a birdie on No. 6.
Another Korean, pro Kwon Seo Yon also shot a 70 but stood five strokes behind at 146 while Anya Tanpinco turned in a second straight 74 for a 148 for joint fifth with Sarah Ababa, who stumbled with a 78.
Lovelynn Guioguio skied to a 79 for a 150 while Apple Fudolin recovered with a 75 for a 155, Lina de Guzman had a 77 for a 156 and amateur Ashia Nocum shot a 76 for a 157.(pr)

Agojo rallies past fading Ikeda, wrests 1-shot lead  

SILANG, Cavite – Jayvie Agojo came charging back in the last nine holes and shot a three-under 69 then pounced on Chihiro Ikeda’s wobbly finish to seize a one-stroke lead at the start of the P500,000 ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour at Riviera’s Couples layout here, Wednesday.
Agojo gunned down five birdies at the back to negate a three-putt miscue on No. 17 and a shaky 37 start then watched Ikeda blow a sizzling five-under 31 opening with a closing 39 and a 70 to grab the lead in the 54-hole tournament serving as the second leg of the ICTSI Philippine Ladies Golf Tour.
“I was too tight despite an opening birdie,” said Agojo, who launched her bid with a six-foot birdie putt on No. 1, only to reel back with back-to-back bogeys from No. 5.
But the former Philippine Ladies Open champion seeking a breakthrough on the country’s first-ever ladies pro tour sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. struck back at the back, stringing three straight birdies from No. 11 then sandwiched a bogey on the 17th with birdies, including a brilliant blind bunker shot from 80 yards that landed within five feet.
“I settled down at the back,” said Agojo, who also credited caddie and former pro Tonton Asistio for her fine start in the event backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp. “Our yardages were very okay, all my birdies were inside six feet.”
While Agojo leaned on a strong finish to wrest control, Ikeda squandered a solid start with a faltering windup to yield the lead. But the former SEA Games champion remained confident of her title chances with still 36 holes left in the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
“I was also surprised by my fiery start, four straight birdies and five in the first seven holes,” said Ikeda, who preserved a solid frontside 31 stint with a save par on No. 5.
But she failed to sustain her charge at the back, pushing her drive on the par-5 No. 11 and playing out to a stymied lie to end up with a double-bogey. She flubbed a two-foot birdie putt on the 12th then bogeyed the 17th for that 39.
Lovelynn Guioguio joined the fancied duo in today’s featured flight after the former national team mainstay put herself in early contention with a gutsy one-under 71 spiked by a closing 34.
Sarah Ababa matched par 72 while Korean amateur Hwang Min Jeong stayed in the hunt with a 73 followed by Anya Tanpinco, who carded a 74, and Korean pro Kwon Seo Yon, who turned in a 76.
Lina de Guzman struggled with a 79, Apple Fudolin skied to an 80 while amateur Ashia Nocum joined pros Jan Punzalan, Tracy Que, Mary Grace Estuesta and Reb Bareng at 81.(pr)

keda-Agojo duel looms as LPGT Riviera unwraps

Chihiro Ikeda and Jayvie Agojo drew separate flights at the start of the P500,000 ICTSI Riviera Classic at Riviera’s Couples course in Silang, Cavite on Wednesday, June 25 but are tipped to meet in the final round and clash for the crown just the same.
Both chasing a breakthrough win in the second edition of the country’s first-ever ladies pro circuit, Ikeda and Agojo hope to come up with a strong start for the momentum in the 54-hole championship serving as the second leg of an eight-stage circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
“This should be an interesting week. Everyone has a chance but as for me, I am so hungry for a win,” said Ikeda, the former SEA Games individual champion and one-time Philippine Ladies Open winner who missed a couple of tournaments in last year’s inaugurals of the tour organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
She vied for the crown in the kickoff leg at Orchard last April but wavered in the final round, enabling Agojo to snatch runner-up honors to last year’s Order of Merit winner and absentee Cyna Rodriguez.
But Ikeda primed up for this week’s clash with a rigorous training during the long break, building up her confidence and honing up her game for what could be her first pro victory after a checkered amateur career.
“I’m training more frequently now and I hope it helps,” she said.
Like Ikeda, Agojo and the rest of the compact field expect a fierce battle for the top P100,000 purse in the event backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp. But the field will also have to contend with the wind and the sleek putting surface of Couples layout,
“Yeah, it’s a wide-open race. Who knows? I might pick up my win here,” said former national team mainstay Anya Tanpinco, who will be playing with Agojo and Korean amateur Hwang Min Jeon in 8:10 a.m. group.
Ikeda will slug it out with Apple Fudolin and Lucy Landicho at 7:50 a.m. after Lina de Guzman and Korean Kwon Seo Yon, and Sylia Torres and Jan Punzalan tangle in separate two-player groups at 7:30 a.m. &:40 a.m., respectively.
Former Phl Ladies Open winner Mary Grace Estuesta will tee off at 8 a.m. in the company of Lovelynn Guioguio and Reb Bareng, while Tracy Que, wife of three-time Asian Tour winner and former Phl Open champion Angelo, drew Marjorie Pulumbarit and amateur Ashia Nocum in the 8:20 a.m. flight and Eva Minoza and Sarah Ababa, along with amateur Vanessa Tsutsui, will start at 8:30 a.m.(pr)

Cyna cruises to 8-shot romp over Agojo

Cyna Rodriguez marked her pro debut in smashing fashion, outclassing the field with a closing 72 for a whopping eight-shot victory over Jayvie Agojo in the third leg of the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour at Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Gen. Trias, Cavite yesterday.
Enjoying a big eight-shot cushion after two rounds, Rodriguez played pressure-free all day, settling for pars in the first eight holes and mixing two birdies against two bogeys in the next 10 for a 37-35 round at the Aoki layout.
She missed completing a run of under-par rounds in three days after a 69 and 71 but succeeded in nailing the victory right in her maiden stint on the pro circuit with a four-under 212 total.
“I never became over confident. I still took it hole by hole not thinking of the big lead,” said Rodriguez, who virtually wrapped it all up with an eight-shot lead over Agojo and Apple Fudolin after 36 holes Thursday.
“But it feels good playing and battling with friends and teammates for the crown. And I’m very happy to win on my pro debut,” added the former Philippine Ladies Open champion and last year’s Hong Kong Ladies Amateur Open winner who joined the pros after winning her last two amateur titles back-to-back in Long Beach and Sacramento last month.
Rodriguez produced the only under-par total in the tournament put up by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and pocketed the top purse of P100,000 handed over by ICTSI Public Relations head Narlene Soriano during awards rites.
Her win also matched Dottie Ardina’s eight-shot victory over Chihiro Ikeda in the second leg of the circuit in Canlubang. Ardina also topped the first leg at The Country Club, coming from behind to beat amateurs Princess Superal and Rodriguez last May.
Agojo recovered from two early bogeys with two birdies in the last 12 holes to likewise card an even par 72 and clinch runner-up honors in the P500,000 event with a 220 worth P70,000 in the event backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Gatorade, Sharp and Custom Clubmakers.
Apple Fudolin likewise turned in her best finish thus far in the new ladies pro circuit shooting a 73 for third at 221. She took home P45,000.
Anya Tanpinco shot the only under-par round of 71 in scorching heat and salvaged fourth place with a 224 while Sarah Ababa made a 75 and wound up joint fifth at 232 with former Phl Ladies Open winner Heidi Chua, who made a 79.
Reb Bareng and Lucy Landicho shared seventh place at 235 after a 79 and 73, respectively, while Lovelynn Guioguio limped with a second 81 for ninth at 236 and Tracy Que ended up 10th at 239 after a 78.(pr)

Agojo pounces on Koh’s foldup, leads by 1

Jayvie Agojo put on a strong start against a strong field to seize control with a three-under 69, pouncing on a fading Michelle Koh of Malaysia to snatch a one-stroke lead at the start of the Champion Infinity Philippine Ladies Open 2013 at the Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country in Lipa City, Batangas yesterday.

Agojo, chasing her second Phl Ladies crown since humbling a talent-laden foreign field at the Manila Golf Club in 2005, waxed hot on a cool, breezy day with five birdies against two bogeys at the Mt. Lobo nine, then played steady at the tougher Mt. Makulot side with an even 36 to get past Koh and Thai Supamas Sangchan.

“Save for a couple of missed birdie putts, I had a fine round but it’s just a one-shot lead and the best players are behind me, so it will be tough in the next two days,” said Agojo, the reigning Santi Cup champion of the ICTSI-The Coutnry Club squad.

Truly, a battle royale shaped up with a slew of players just a stroke or two behind on a challenging course that brings out the best – and the worst – from the field in every swirl of the wind.

Koh, one of Malaysia’s top players, found that out coming home at Mt. Makulot where she fumbled with a four-over 40 after a sizzling six-under 30 stint at Lobo, enabling Sangchan to tie her at second with a 34-36 card.

Sangchan outdueled last year’s runner-up Princess Superal in their own side of the duel, birdying the last three holes to put herself in early contention for the crown in the 54-hole championship presented by Champion Infinity, the No. 1 local brand in Northern Luzon and Visayas,

Ardina, the multi-titled spearhead of the ICTSI team chasing her first Phl Ladies Open plum, stood two strokes adrift at 71, hitting four birdies against three bogeys for joint fourth with another top Thai bet Benyapa Niphatsophon.

Sharing the spotlight was Manila Golf Club’s Isa Lorenzo, who scored a hole-in-one on No. 4 of Mt. Makulot en route to an 82. She used a Beres 6-iron and a Titleist ProV1x ball in acing the 135-yard hole.

Gaby Monfort made an 85 to post a one-shot lead over Thai Siti Zulaikhaa Binti Shaari and Inez Del Rosario in Class A while Frances Bawal and Rose Quilacio shot a pair of 92s to lead Meehah Fong and Gilda Medestomas by one in Class B.

Lovelynn Guioguio matched par 72 but Superal groped for form and hobbled with a two-over 74, needing to shoot a low round today to wheel back into contention in the event organized by Women’s Golf Association of the Phils. and sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Coca Cola, Duty Free Phils., Pacsports with support from the Department of Tourism.

Shei Santiwiwatthanaphong of Thailand and Chanel Avaricio carded identical 73s while Clare Legaspi and Thai Suthavee Chanachai tied Superal at 74, one ahead of Annika Cedo and Cyna Rodriguez, who both had 75s.

Rodriguez, winner at Manila Southwoods three years ago, also failed to get going and stumbled with a 76 while Sarah Ababa wavered with a 78 and new ICTSI members Abegail Arevalo and Sofia Chabon turned in an 80 and 81, respectively.(pr)