Phalajivin tops LPGT tilt


THAI AMOLKAN Phalajivin assembled 224 to win the 54-hole qualifier by two shots over a charging Korean Kwon Seo Yon, who fired the final day’s best round of two-under 70 to finish second.

Kwon’s compatriot Park You Ra placed third with 227 after a final-round 74 while ICTSI amateur mainstays Samantha Martirez (78) and Mika Fortuna (83) wound up 4-5 at 231 and 236, respectively.

Japanese amateur Yuka Saso (76), Korean Kim So Yoon (80) and Filipina Ashia Marie Nocum (81) posted scores of 237, 239, and 240, respectively, to make the cut for the eight-leg Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.

Korean amateurs Kwon and Kim will also turn pro after meeting the required three-day card of 240.

The 26-year-old Phalajivin struggled with three bogeys against a lone birdie in the front but managed a decent 35 at the finish to hold off Kwon in the elims organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

2 an 7 amateur Koreans will alo tun pro after the 240

In fifth spot entering the final round, Kwon gave chase and shot a one-under 35 at the start to inch to within two off the Thai ace. But she went on to shoot just one more birdie at the back to settle for No. 2.

Park shot par after nine holes but limped home with four bogeys to slip to third overall.

Martirez had a 39-39 round, which gave her a 231, while Fortuna bucked a 42-41 card marred by an eight-over score at the par-4 No. 3 to log 236, still safe inside the 240 ceiling.

The ICTSI LPGT kicks off its eight-leg circuit on April 16-18 at the Orchard in Dasmarinas, Cavite.

Cyna Rodriguez, the ICTSI LPGT’s inaugural Order of Merit winner, is expected to head the Orchard cast along with Jayvie Agojo, Lovelynn Guioguio, Sarah Ababa, Anya Tanpinco, Apple Fudolin, Tracy Que, Lucy Landicho, Heidi Chua, Mary Grace Estuesta, Sylvia Torres, Jan Punzalan, Reb Bareng, Eva Minoza, Barsy Leonen and Chihiro Ikeda.


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