Rianne Malixi completes 15-stroke romp, wins ICTSI Midlands Ladies Classic

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AMATEUR golfer Rianne Malixi narrowly missed out on a historic feat but nonetheless, still walked away with a 15-stroke win over Harmie Constantino as she fired in a 70 in the final round of the ICTSI Midlands Ladies Classic on Dec. 16, 2021 in Tagaytay.

Malixi was on course to break Princess Superal’s 16-stroke winning margin over Cyna Rodriguez at Highlands way back in 2018 after matching it with a running eagle-aided three-under card after 12 holes for a four-under overall total. But she double-bogeyed the par-4 No. 13 then birdied the 16th to finish with a 33-37.

Still, it was an imposing triumph for a 14-year-old making her first appearance on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, her 54-hole total of three-under 213 underscoring the dominant run she anchored on a second round 70 that put her ahead by nine over Daniella Uy.

She could’ve scored high and would’ve still won by a mile but Malixi nevertheless played like she was the pursuer, putting up instead another under-par round that proved an exception rather than the rule at the wind-raked Midlands layout.

“It’s a great experience. I’ve been able to compete with the great pros and I was able to manage myself great and I’m very happy with that,” said Malixi, who came into the P750,000 event hoping to provide a stiff challenge to the pros but instead came out practically spared of any kind of tests.

For she proved a cut above the rest, controlling the pace despite a 73 start then pulling away over her nearest pursuer with a second-round 70.

With a lead too big like the Midlands greens, Malixi showed no signs of slowing down, birdying the par-5 second hole then gunning down an eagle on No. 6. She tried to pound the course—and the record—at the back but got derailed by a double bogey on the 13th.

“I played really well in the front nine although I missed a lot of greens,” said Malixi, while crediting her short game that enabled her to execute the shots the way she had wanted.

“Although I struggled in the back nine, I was able to maintain myself, to compose myself in a very good way,” said Malixi, who honed her skills and gained experience through a number of competitions abroad, including the US Girls Junior, the US Women’s Amateur, the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, the PXG Women’s Match Play, a pro event, and the Se Ri Park Desert Junior, which she won.

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