Princess Superal was clutch down the stretch as she sank a birdie putt on the 17th hole to hold off Chanelle Avaricio and finish with a 65 to come away with the title in the 2021 ICTSI Sherwood Ladies Challenge in Trece Martires, Cavite, on Friday afternoon.
Avaricio took up the challenger’s role after Harmie Constantino and Chihero Ikeda failed to keep up with Superal’s sizzling frontside 32, which she did with a superb five-birdie, one-bogey start. Playing in a flight ahead, she then forced a tie with Superal at seven-under 209 total after capping a career-best 65 with three straight birdies from No. 15.
But the veteran Superal did not blink and uncorked a solid drive and a 6-iron approach shot from 160 yards on the 17th before canning a birdie from 15 feet that preserved the lead and secued the victory with a closing routine par.
She finished with a 208 that included a 74 and a 69, and pocketed the top purse of P112,000 for her second win in four events. She ruled the first of two bubble tournaments at Riviera late last year, finished second in the next then placed behind Constantino at Eagle Ridge last March before the organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. suspended play due to resurgence of coronavirus cases in NCR Plus.
“I actually had no idea of Chanelle’s surge but I knew there would be one who will go low,” said Superal, who hiked her lead to two with back-to-back birdies from No. 14 but slipped into a tie with Avaricio following the latter’s late three-birdie blast. “But I just did what I was supposed to do, stuck to my routine, and stayed focused.”
Next up for LPGT is the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Ladies Classic at the Norman course on july 14-16 before action swings to Riviera in Silang for a couple of events, the ICTSI Riviera Ladies Challenge at Langer on July 28-30 and the ICTSI Ladies Challenge at the adjacent Couples layout on Aug. 4-6. (JNP)