MANILA, Philippines - Princess Superal birdied the last three holes to salvage an even par 72 but trailed the hot-starting Parinda Phokan by five at the start of the Singha Thailand Amateur Open at the Panya Indra Golf Club in Thailand late Tuesday.
Superal, coming off a victory in the Malaysian Juniors last month, fell way behind after a double bogey and a bogey on Nos. 12 and 13 but fought back with a fiery windup to join eight others in fourth place.
But they stood five shots behind Phokan, who used a solid start of 33 to fire a five-under 67 and open a whopping four-stroke lead over Suthavee Chanachai and Thitapa Pakdeesettakul in the host country’s premier amateur championship.
“It was not a good start but I had a good finish. I just hope I can sustain it and get back into contention,” said Superal, spearhead of the ICTSI golf squad chasing its seventh straight victory after winning the Santi Cup and Taiwan LPGA qualifier (Jayvie Agojo), Hong Kong Amateur Open (Cyna Rodriguez), Taiwan Amateur and Cangolf Open (Dottie Ardina) the last two months.
But while Superal, 15, recovered after a faulty start, ICTSI teammates Lovelynn Guioguio and Sarah Ababa struggled with 75 and 77, respectively, and will need to rebound with low rounds to make the cut in the 72-hole championship.
The other Filipina bets also had a shaky stint with Daniella Uy carding a 74 and Andrea Unson turning in a 77.