Pinays bag low medal honors in record fashion

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Princess Superal (right) and Pauline del Rosario during the second round of the US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball stroke play elims. PHOTO FROM USGA.ORG

Princess Superal (right) and Pauline del Rosario during the second round of the US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball stroke play elims. PHOTO FROM USGA.ORG

Pauline del Rosario and Princess Superal posted a record-setting total of 132 to gain low medal honors after the 36-hole US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship qualifier at the Streamsong Blue at Streamsong Resort in Florida Sunday.

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The Country Club teammates combined for a 66 in the first round and trailed Sierra Brooks and Kristen Gillman but matched their feat in the next to assemble a 132 and beat their American rivals by two for top honors after the two-day stroke play elims.

Brooks and Gillman slowed down with a 69 for a 134 while Xinying Wang and Katherine Zhu finished with a 136 after two 68s.

Sofia Chabon and Mikha Fortuna, also of Team TCC, rallied with a 68 to end up tied for 14th at 140.

Superal, the former US Girls Junior champion, capped their sterling round with a superb shot from the fairway bunker from 120 yards, the ball hitting that of rival Lesli Hopping’s and resting just six feet off the cup, which she made for their sixth birdie in a bogey-free round.

“Princess’ last putt was very important,” said the 17-year-old Del Rosario, an incoming freshman at University of Kansas, according to usga.org. “We wanted to shoot another six-under card.”

The Pinay golfers’ 132 thus broke the old mark of 133 set by Kendall Griffin and Athena Yang in last year’s inaugurals of the event at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

Superal, who plans to turn pro later this year, and Del Rosario lead 31 other teams from the starting field of 64 into match play phase, which starts Monday.

Two teams are disputing the last slot at press time with the winners clashing with Del Rosario and Superal. Chabon and Fortuna will tangle with No. 15 Alyssa Lamoureux and Alexa Pano.

The event is one of the 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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