Ardina Fumbles

MANILA, Philippines - Princess Superal fired a four-under 67 to move up to second as erstwhile joint leader Dottie Ardina lost her putting touch and hobbled with a 75, enabling Malaysian Kelly Tan to seize the solo lead in the second round of the Malaysian Ladies Amateur in Bukit Kiara, Malaysia late Wednesday. Superal, runner-up in this year's Philippine Ladies Open who matched par 71 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club Tuesday, recovered from a bogey mishap on No. 2 as she rammed in five birdies inside eight feet, including a long one on the par-3 17th to assume the challenger's role at 138.

North up

Team North pulled off another 2.5-1.5 win over Team South in the morning fourball to stretch its lead to four before heavy rains stopped play midway in the afternoon foursomes in the second day of the Duel - North vs South golf showdown at Alabang Country Club yesterday. Benjie Magada and Randy Garalde surprised the veteran pair of Elmer Salvador and Marvin Dumandan in the best-ball format, fashioning out a 3&2 victory while Miguel Tabuena and Carl Santos-Ocampo regained their winning ways and toppled Mhark Fernando and Rufino Bayron, 2-up.

NLEX SCORES

NLEX moved one win away from earning a return trip to the finals by beating Blackwater Sports, 86-77, in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals yesterday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Fil-Am forward Cliff Hodge, a top contender for the Best Player of the Conference award, collected 20 points and eight rebounds as NLEX extended its unbeaten run to 10 games. -J. Terrado

Minda tilt

Little-known Jelbert Gamolo fired a one-under-par 71 yesterday and earned top ranking for the match play stages of the National Golf Association of the Philippines' Mindanao Regional championship at tough Apo Golf in Davao. Gamolo fired three of his four birdies in the back nine for a 36-35 card for a level 144 even as Lloyd Jefferson Go of Cebu fired a day-best of 69 for a 146 and the No. 2 seed in the centrepiece event forming part of the Globe-NGAP Amateur circuit.

UST Advances

University of Santo Tomas doused San Sebastian College's fightback in the third set with a 25-12, 25-13, 25-23 win yesterday to snare the last Finals seat in the 9th Shakey's V-League presented by Smart at The Arena in San Juan. Thai import Utaiwan Kaensing scored 17 hits as the Tigresses arranged a best-of-three title duel with defending champion Ateneo Lady Eagles starting Sunday. The SSC spikers, meanwhile, will face the Perpetual Help Lady Altas in their own best-of-three series for third place. - Kristel Satumbaga

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