JAKARTA - Princess Superal failed to sustain an eagle-start and needed a birdie on the last hole to fire a one-under 71 as she fell behind by three in the individual competition even as Team ICTSI-Philippines slipped farther back in team play in the Santi Cup Golf Championship at the Emeralda Golf Club here late Wednesday.
After a stirring eagle putt from 12 feet on the par-5 No. 1, Superal stumbled with four bogeys in the next nine holes but the 15-year-old shotmaker, who shared the first round lead with Thailand's Budsabakorn Sukapan, fought back with three birdies in the last seven holes for that 71.
Counting her first round output of 72, the top ICTSI-backed bet pooled a 143 but dropped to second behind Chanya Prathetrat, the other Thai bet who sizzled with a 67 and grabbed the solo lead with a 140.
Cyna Rodriguez improved from a 74 with a 72 while Jayvie Agojo and Sarah Ababa both carded 74s, one of which counted for the team's 217 total for a 36-hole aggregate of 438.
That was six shots behind the Thailand, which scored a 214 for a 432 halfway through the 72-hole event, serving as the ladies side of the Southeast Asian Amateur Golf Team Championship.