Mission accomplished for a crack Philippine girls team as they romped away with the top individual honors at the 21st Sarawak Chief Minister’s Cup – Sarawak International Junior Golf Championship 2019 held last November 26-28, 2019 in Kuching, Sarawak Malaysia.
Team Pilipinas-Lakambini’s Samantha Dizon took home the premiere Overall Girls title and the Girls Class A title with a three-day score of 209 (70-72-67), 7-under par total.
Dizon created distance from her closest pursuer in the Girls Class A (15-17) as early as the second day posting a seven stroke lead over Malaysia’s Angel Hll.
Hll was however determined to overhaul the Filipina junior’s lead and went out with all guns firing on the last day with birdies on holes 1 and 3. But Dizon did not let her out of of her cross hairs with a three-string birdie from hole three. The Malaysian buckled a bogey on the par 4 hole 5 and then rattled of her version of three straight birdies from 6 to 8 with Dizon closing the front nine with a birdie bogey to still lead by 6 over-all.
Hll would start the back nine at bogey birdie with Sam taking a stroke back with birdies on holes 11 and 13. Dizon will hold par for the rest of the way to hold off the Malaysian’s last run at holes 15 and 16 and win by a commanding seven stroke lead.
Sam’s three-day total ran away with the Overall Girls title as she held off Malaysia’s Mirabel Ting Ern Hui who was three shots back at 212 (72-75-67) in another flight while playing in Girls Class B (13-14).
Rianne Malixi just run out of holes and lost the Girls Class C (11-12) title by two strokes 225 (80-75-70) to 223 (76-75-72) to South Korea’s Yeonju An. Malixi, a runner-up in last summer’s IMG Junior World Golf Championship had a disastrous first day with an uncharacteristic 8 over par score. The reigning Philippine Junior Open champion buckled down to work the next two days to make up the deficit but fell two shots short to force a playoff for the crown. She was the best player on the last day with seven birdies but a double on hole gave the Korean all the space she needed to escape with the title.
Eagle Ace Superal booked a 224 (75-73-76) three-day score to salvage 4th runner-up in the Girls Class B (13-14) while University of Nevada – Reno bound Kayla Nocum copped a daily gross medal in the Girls Special A Division. Veteran junior internationalists Laurea Duque and Maffy Singson roundup the Philippine contingent in the tournament.
Dizon, Nocum, Superal and Duque represented Team Pilipinas-Lakambini in the Girls Team competition and actually finished tied for third after the two counting rounds. The girls barely missed a podium finish by count back on the best player’s last round score where Dizon’s 72 fell short against the 71 of Singapore’s Shang Yu.
It was still a strong showing by the gutsy Filipinas in a field that had various country teams parading national team and national pool members.
The girls’ participation was through a special invite to the Philippine Golf Foundation. The team was supported by US College Sports Camps Asia, US College Sports Camps Philippines and Ayala Land, Inc. for the gear with flights sponsored by Air Asia Philippines through its Chairman, Atty. Jomar Castillo.