Princess Superal and Avaricio lead the Hallow Ridge Challenge

SAN PEDRO, Laguna — The Superal Princess recovered a 73 to catch Chanelle Avaricio on top, one shot ahead of Harmie Constantino and amateur Lois Kaye Go at the start of the ICTSI Hallow Ridge Ladies Challenge on Wednesday.

Superal, who lost in a shootout to national team star Rianne Malixi in Luisita two weeks ago, kept their cool after a double bogey on the par-5 No 7 of the Filipinas Golf course Hallow Ridge, netting the 13th while surviving the layout’s last line of defense challenge for a 38-35 map.

“I struggled in front. You have to get your ball in the right place on the greens,” said Superal, who birdied the par-3 No. 3 but bugged the next short hole on the No. 5 and gave up two shots in the seventh.

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Avaricio held firm on a two-birdie, two-bogey card after 13 holes but lost his touch off the tee in the final holes, leading to a third bogey on the No. 16 and a 36-37 that allowed the Superal multi -title to earn a share of the lead in the P750,000 championship serving as the second leg of the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour 2022.

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“I started pretty well, but I struggled with my long game towards the end,” Avaricio said, seeking a follow-up to her breakthrough triumph at Riviera-Couples last year on a run she calls At her place.

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“Yes, I think I have an advantage here, but there’s also pressure,” said the former Alabama State U stalwart, who birdied the opening hole but didn’t. failed to create any more chances in the next 11, including two bogeys. She won a shot on the 13th, only to give it up to No. 16 on a three-putt error.

Ranking crowded

Constantino joined the crowded leaderboard midway through but slid with two bogeys in the final five holes, including on the par-5 18th that dropped last year’s two-set winner to third with Go and Jane Jeong at 74.

“The greens are tough, some of them are hard to read unlike the practice round where they were a bit receptive,” said Constantino, the defending LPGT Order of Merit champion.

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With Chihiro Ikeda carding a 75, Sarah Ababa hitting a 76, and Pamela Mariano and amateur Arnie Taguines matching 77s, the hunt for top honors remains wide open, guaranteeing a fierce scramble for position in today’s pivotal round. today for the desired spots on the way to the final 18 holes of the three-day event put on by ICTSI.

Go, out to match one of Malixi’s back-to-back LPGT title feats at Midlands and Luisita, fumbled with a frontside 40 wasted by a triple bogey on the par-4 No 8 where she incurred a two bunker penalty strokes. But the SEA Games-bound ace hit three birdies against a bogey in the first five holes from the back and missed a few chances to come back into contention.

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