Princess Superal leads Chanelle Avaricio by three

PRINCESS Superal used near-flawless iron play on the back nine to score a three-under 69 on Thursday for a three-stroke lead entering the final round of the ICTSI Hallow Ridge Ladies Challenge in San Pedro, Laguna.

Superal are two under 142, poised for their first win this season after picking up two in an abbreviated campaign on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour last year.

Chanelle Avaricio, joint first-round leader with Superal after a 73, added a 72 for a 145.

Lois Kaye Go, just a shot from the leaders after 18 holes, was rattled by a double bogey on the second hole but came back in contention with two birdies, collecting a 73 to stay in third place at 147.

“It will be a question of positioning the ball,” said Superal, who birdied the No. 10 from six feet, the No. 13 from eight feet and the 18 from four feet. on a difficult downhill slope.

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“Hopefully I’ll putt more tomorrow.”

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Avaricio had a rollercoaster round of three birdies and three bogeys, but remains in good shape to add to his LPGT title at Riviera last year.

“I struggled with my ball positioning, especially on the greens. I mostly put myself on the wrong side,” Avaricio said, looking to nail a second

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“It’s about executing the shots,” the former Alabama State U standout said. “If the putts fall, then that’s it.”

Go, preparing for the SEA Games next month, had hoped to throw a big charge early but was blocked by a double bogey error on the tricky second hole. She dropped another shot on the fifth but recovered to birdie on the par-5 ninth, then earned another shot on the No. 11 and saved some pars to stay in the hunt.

“I had a rough start, but I told myself to be calm and patient and the birdies would come,” Cebuana said. “They did, but I felt my game wasn’t so consistent and I had to make a few normal saves towards the end.”

“I just need to shoot a little low tomorrow and hope my ball gets closer to the hole.”

Chihiro Ikeda carded a 74 to equalize Harmie Constantino, who fumbled with a 75, at 149, seven strokes behind Superal. Korea’s Jane Jeong was at 152 after a 78.

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Daniella Uy, winner of the tough Riviera-Langer in December, added a 76 to an open 78 for 154. Pamela Mariano and amateur Arnie Taguines tied 78 for an eighth-place finish at 155.

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