Superal, Del Rosario barge into 4-ball semis

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Princess Superal CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Princess Superal CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Top seed Princess Superal and Pauline del Rosario pulled off two victories in varying fashions, including a thrilling, bounce-back 1-up triumph over Madelein Herr and Brynn Walker of Pennsylvania to crash into the semifinal round US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship Match Play at the Streamsong Blue at Streamsong Resort in Florida Tuesday.

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The Country Club bets blew a 2-up lead after 10 holes then fought back from one-hole down after 15 by birdying two of the last three holes to stay in the hunt for the crown in the second staging of one of the 13 national championships conducted by the US Golf Association.

Del Rosario, 17, birdied the par-3 16th as the Filipinas, who held up a 2-up lead through 10 holes but lost three holes in a five-hole stretch from No. 11 to trail for the first time in three matches, forced an all square match in their quarterfinal duel.

Then after both teams parred the 17th, the 19-year-old Superal did what she does best, knocking down a superb iron shot to within nine feet on the 18th then dripping in the putt for the coveted berth in the Final Four.

“I just told myself to make that putt,” said Superal, the former US Girls’ Junior champion.

Del Rosario, an incoming freshman at University of Kansas, helped anchor the crucial win by birdying No. 16, the most difficult hole of the championship with a 3.6 stroke average.

“I also birdied No. 16 yesterday, so it’s been pretty good to me throughout the week,” said Del Rosario, also the reigning Thailand Ladies Amateur Open champion.

In the round of 16 match earlier in the day, Superal and Del Rosario dominated Hana Ku and Jordan Lippetz, going 2-up after 11 holes and taking No. 15 before settling for a 2&1 victory with a routine par on the 17th after their rivals birdied No. 16.

The two other TCC bets, Sofia Chabon and Mikha Fortuna dropped a 3&2 setback to No. 31 siblings Nicole Whiston and Waverly Whiston in the Last 16 phase.

Superal and Del Rosario, who posted a record 132 total in the 36-hole stroke play elims to gain the top seeding in the knockout phase, take on Angelina Kim and Brianna Navarrosa in the semis after the former, who placed No. 12 after the elims, trounced Yoonhee Kim and Yealimi Noh, 3&1, in the Last 16 and then eased out Katie Miller and Kristen Obush, 3&2, in the quarters.

The other semis pairing pits No. 7 Hailee Cooper and Kaitlyn Papp against No. 30 Alexandra Austin and Lauren Greenlief.

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