AMATEUR Princess Superal sets out as the dark horse in a star-studded pro field bracing for a battle royale in the ICTSI Champion Tour presented by Champion and Taiwan LPGA, seeking to stretch her win run to eight when the $75,000 event is fired off Wednesday at Splendido Taal Golf Club in Tagaytay.
Superal actually isn’t aware of her streak or has lost count of her amazing run that started late last year when she racked up victories in Malaysia, Singapore and Jakarta before kicking off the 2016 season with emphatic wins in the Hong Kong Ladies Amateur Open and the Philippine Ladies Open last January and the W Express RVF Cup last month.
“I’m not aware of my streak since I don’t count them (victories). What I do is prepare hard for each tournament and give it my best shot,” said the 19-year-old Superal, whose biggest feat remains the US Girls’ Juniors in 2014.
The Country Club team spearhead will also be coming into the Taiwan LPGA Tour event, the first leg of this year’s ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, trying to get back at Korean Hwang Ye-Nah, who nipped her by one in the TLPGA inaugural event in the country at ICTSI Ladies Open at Southlinks last year.
The young Korean ace headlines the huge foreign field numbering to 52 competing in the 54-hole championship sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc., along with Thai Kanphanitnan Muangkhumaskul, winner of this year’s TLPGA kickoff leg’s Hitachi Ladies Classic, and Taiwanese Yu Pei-lin, Chen Yu-Ju, Huang Ching and Pan Yen-ling, all in the Top 20 in the current TLPGA money ranking.
“Despite the long break, Princess’ ball-striking has been pretty solid and she’s very confident of her shots,” said TCC coach Nestor Mendoza during a break in practice at the windswept Splendido where Superal and teammates Sam Martirez and Kayla Nocum have been honing their short game and putting.
While the foreign cast looks formidable, the local roster remains as deep as ever with LPGA Tour campaigner Cyna Rodriguez and Symetra Tour players Dottie Ardina and Mia Piccio in the fold, all raring to get a crack at the championship in the event backed by adidas, Custom Clubmakers, KZG, TaylorMade, Champion, Summit Natural Drinking Water, Pacsports, Sharp and Rustans Supermarket
The same field will vie in the ICTSI Champion Tour presented by Champion and TLPGA at Manila Southwoods on March 16-18 at the Legends course in Carmona, Cavite, another $75,000 tournament also serving as the sixth leg of the Taiwan LPGA Tour and the second stage of the LPGT.
Other local players tipped to crowd the favorites for the championship are last year’s LPGT Sherwood winner Sarah Ababa, Fil-Am Cristina Corpus, winner of the LPGT Luisita leg last year, former SEA Games gold medalist Chihiro Ikeda, and former Phl Ladies Open champion and LPGT leg winner Jayvie Agojo.
Others joining the title hunt are former Philippine Ladies Open champion Lee Jeong-hwa and fellow Koreans, Kang Ji-won, Grace Lee and Gu Na-eun, Japanese Tomoko Takahashi, Fumika Kawagishi, Ai Asano, Senno Yasufuku and Mayumi Chinzei, and Aretha Pan and Dianne Luke of Malaysia.
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