Princess Superal’s unexpected but highly convincing gold medal romp in the 2013 Myanmar Southeast Asian Games capped a blazing windup and guaranteed another outstanding season for Team ICTSI.
Like in 2012 where they racked up a string of victories towards the end of the year, the ICTSI ladies put on another strong finishing kick, highlighted by a pair of sweeps in the Kids World in Malaysia and the Singapore Juniors and topped by Superal’s amazing feat in Myanmar.
“It has been a solid year for us, and Princess’ gold medal feat in the Myanmar Games proved to be a fitting ending to our successful campaign,” said Bong Lopez, the man at the helm of the ICTSI golf program launched in 2009 through the efforts of ICTSI top honcho Ricky Razon to develop and train the country’s young, promising golfers into becoming world class golfers.
For now, the toast of local golf is Superal, who bucked the odds —and disproved the doubting local sports officials—by dominating the fancied Thais, Malaysians, Indonesians and the host Burmese to reign in the SEA Games.
All she needed was a brilliant six-under 66 in the second round to all but wrap up the individual crown in her SEAG debut while powering the team to the championship for a sweep of the gold medals in the sport that local sports officials had said they had “no chance of winning.”
But Superal, along with Miya Legaspi and Kathy Briones, proved them wrong with a performance to remember.
In all, Team ICTSI racked up 28 victories in the year with the 16-year-old Superal nailing nearly half of the team’s output, including a runaway triumph in the ladies pro tour at the ICTSI LPGT Camp John Hay where she humbled the pros with an eight-shot victory that saw her finish the last 36 holes without a bogey.
“Princess has tremendously improved since she joined the team last year. With her talent, determination and work ethics, she’s going to be a lot tougher next year,” said Lopez.
Also delivering for Team ICTSI are Pauline del Rosario, who ruled the 13-14 class in the Junior World and anchored the squad’s sweep of twin titles in the Malaysia Kids World and Singapore Juniors with Sofia Chabon (Class B-Malaysia and Indonesia), Mikhaela Fortuna (13-14-Malaysia) and Bernice Olivarez-Ilas (Class B-Singapore Juniors).
The ICTSI coaches, who include Nestor Mendoza and fitness coaches Jojo Nabor and Angie Altavano, also cited the all-out support of ICTSI head of PR Narlene Soriano and her trust in the team’s program as well as that of Razon, who has kept track of the progress of the players’ training and overseas campaigns. Except for Superal, the rest of Team ICTSI members are rookies, underscoring the program’s continuing search for fresh talents.
Aside from her Junior World feat, Del Rosario, 14, also topped the Future Champions Golf in San Diego and took the low medal honors in the US Girls Qualifier, while Chabon also won the Southern Ladies Class B title, Olivarez likewise copped the Malaysia Kids crown, Fortuna also bagged the Montecillo Cup plum, and Abegail Arevalo prevailed in the PAL Ladies Interclub.
But it was Superal who stood out in the year as she also dominated the Southern Ladies, the Singapore Ladies Open, the True Visions International, Royal Selangor Amateur, San Diego Junior Masters, the Pondok Indah meet and the Philippine Junior Amateur Open and Closed tournaments.