• Pinay golfers falter in Thailand, US


    Sofia Chabon stumbled with a two-over 75 and wound up eighth in the Thailand Ladies Amateur Open while Princess Superal wavered with a 73 and finished tied for fourth in the National Women’s GA-Zellwood Classic in Florida Thursday.

    Chabon and Superal both struggled with their iron game and putting stroke and missed gaining a shot at the crown after staying in the hunt in the first two days of the two tournaments.

    The 15-year-old Chabon, four down behind Nur Durriyah Damian after two rounds, had a two-under card after 13 holes at the Legacy Golf Club. But the Country Club ace double bogeyed the par-4 14th and the closing par-5 18th ended up with a 75 for a 217 total, 10 strokes behind the veteran Malaysian campaigner, who closed out with a 69 for a 207 to run away with the crown which Filipina Pauline del Rosario won last year.

    Thais Tunrada Piddon (73), Rina Tatematsu (72), Napabhach Boon-In (75), Atthaya Thithikul (73) and Keerattirya Foocharoen (71) all finished with 215s for joint second.

    Mika Fortuna shot a 7 to finish joint 10th at 219 while del Rosario also carded a 74 to share 12th place with TCC teammate Bernice Olivarez-Ilas, who hobbled with a 76 for 221s.

    Over in Florida, Superal failed to sustain a solid 68 in the second with a two-bogey, one birdie effort, her miscues on Nos. 2 and 12, both par-3s, a result of poor tee shots. She actually recovered by birdying the 17th, also a par-3, from seven feet but ran out of holes to mount a comeback at the Zellwood Station Country Club.

    She ended up with a 214 and received $1,038 with local ace Maria McBride scoring a wire-to-wire triumph with a 70 and a 207, four shots ahead of Laura Restrepo, who rallied with a 67 for a 211.

    Amateur Regad De Guzman actually bested Superal with a 69 finish to snatch third place honors at 213.

    The event served as Superal’s final tuneup for next week’s LPGA Q-School Stage 2 in Venice, Florida, where she will be joined by Symmetra Tour campaigners Dottie Ardina, Mia Piccio and Clariss Guce in the close to 300 field vying for 88 slots in Stage 3.