Ardina four strokes off; Superal second
MANILA, Philippines - Dottie Ardina bogeyed the tough No. 18 at resumption of the weather-delayed second round of the Jakarta Ladies Indonesia Open early yesterday and ended up with a second straight 72 to fall by four behind Malaysian amateur Kelly Tan at the Palm Hill Golf and Country Club in Jakarta.
Ardina held her ground on another challenging day and knocked in a birdie on the par-3 17th before play was halted due to lightning late Friday. But she failed to return a six-footer for par at resumption and holed out with a bogey for the second straight time.
With a 144 aggregate, the top ICTSI bet remained in joint sixth with Taiwanese pro Hsieh Yu-ling, who made a 73, but fell farther back heading to the last 18 holes of the $200,000 championship.
Tan fired a bogey-free 69 to wrest the lead at 140, one stroke ahead of pros Smriti Mehra of India, who settled for a 72, and Thai Patcharachuta Kongkapan, who fired a 70.
Jayvie Agojo fumbled with a 77 for a share of 46th at 153 while Cyna Rodriguez blew a decent 73 start with an awful 81 and tumbled down to joint 50th at 154.
Over in Thailand, Princess Superal reeled back from a disastrous triple-bogey mishap on No. 13 but fought back with two birdies in the last four holes to salvage a 71 and a runner-up finish in the Thailand Amateur Open late Friday.
Superal, who moved within three halfway through the 72-hole event but fell back by four after three rounds, stayed in the hunt with a two-under card after 12 holes. But she made a 7 on the par-4 13th and needed to birdie Nos. 15 and 17 to snatch second place from erstwhile joint leader Parinda Phokan.
She wound up with a 285, three shots behind Benyapa Niphatsophon, who bogeyed two of the last four holes and still won by a margin at 282 after a 72. Phokan skied to a 76 and slid to third at 286.
Daniella Uy rallied with a 71 to finish solo fifth at 289 while Sarah Ababa made a 79 for a 209 in a tie with Lovelynn Guioguio, who had an 81.