GLENDALE, California – Filipino golfers notched big victories in the amateur golf world last week, but none bigger than the victory that Princess Superal notched in Arizona last Saturday.
Superal won one of the most coveted amateur golf titles, the U.S. Golf Association Junior Girls World Championship, beating Mexico's Marijosse Navarro in an overtime finale.
Filipinos also won big at the Veritas Junior Golf World Championships in California. After four days of play, medals were given to 13 Filipino golfers at downtown Disneyland, four of them gold.
"Siyempre exhausted, pero natutuwa pa rin ako kasi from two down, nahabol ko 'yung ko kalaban ko so naging champion," said Carl Corpus, who won the gold in the 12-year-old boys division.
"Nakaka-pressure din kasi it's an international competition," admitted Richnell Albano, the second-placer in the 14-year-old boys division.
The tournament lasted all week with matches taking place in Pasadena.
The youngest winner, Andrew Chua, took home the gold in the boys age 7 division.
All three medals in the girls 13-year-old divisions went to Filipinos: Harmie Constantino, Ashia Nocum, and Kayla Nocum.
"It feels great, siyempre kasi it's all of us," said Constantino, who won in the 13-year-old girls division.
Constantino has won her second gold in three years, while another player, 10-year-old Annika Pineda-Cayabyab, has now won gold three years in a row.
The Veritas tournament brought in over 300 international contestants. It has become an annual celebration for some of the Philippines' top golf prodigies.
For many of the young golfers, these big stateside wins are a ticket to bigger things. While the younger ones are eyeing shots at Olympic runs in the near future, Superal's skills have earned her a college scholarship in Alabama.