Princess Superal grappled with her putter all day and stumbled with a one-over 73, falling six shots behind a solid Kaitlin Park after two rounds of the 2016 Arizona Women’s Open at the Sun City Country Club in Sun City, Arizona Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).
Superal flubbed at least four birdies putts inside six feet and failed to negate her second straight bogey on the tough par-4 ninth, ending up birdie-less after gunning down six in an impressive opening 68 Monday. With a 37-36 effort, the LPGA Tour aspirant dropped from one-down to six behind at 141 heading to the final 18 holes of the tournament serving as tune-up for players vying in the LPGA Q-School Final Stage on Nov. 30-Dec. 4 in Florida.
Park bucked a disastrous 7 on No. 9 and a bogey on the 10th with eight birdies, including three straight from No. 4 on her way home, firing a 68 for a 135 aggregate, posting a five-stroke lead over new pursuer Ashley Tait of Colorado, who carded a 71 for a 140.
Filipina amateur Regan de Guzman turned in a second 71 to remain at joint fourth at 142 with Brittany Benvenuto and Celine Boutier, who also shot a pair of 71s.
Superal, whose pro campaign is backed by F Siblings, PB Farms and ICTSI, and de Guzman are toughening up for the grueling five-day LPGA Q-School Final Stage where they will be joined by Cyna Rodriguez, Dottie Ardina and Mia Piccio in search for coveted LPGA cards next year.
Around 120 players will be vying in the Final Stage in Daytona, Florida with only 20 LPGA cards up for grabs.