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Southwoods pads PAL golf lead

Baguio City – If Manila Southwoods’s first round score gave hope that its PAL Ladies Interclub reign may be in jeopardy, that hope vanished yesterday.

Southwoods led Cebu Country Club by four points after the first 18 holes of the 72-hole competition Tuesday. But at the end of the second round Wednesday, the lead had ballooned to 23 points and there is nothing in the horizon that would suggest this gap will diminish as Cebu appeared to have already fielded its best guns and the shots fell short.

Another player from Southwoods’s teen ranks, Pauline del Rosario, 17, took off from where her fellow teens left and led the assault with her two-under-par 66, good for 56 points under the PAL scoring system.

There was nothing surprising about Del Rosario’s output, though, after all she’s one of the best amateurs in the country, may turn pro next year and regularly competes with professionals.

“Yeah, I might join the LPGA qualifying school next year,” she said by way of validating her strong credentials.

She said the course was difficult because of the daily rains but she was able to manage the conditions well. She scored three birdies against a bogey and is in contention for individual honors.

“I think I did well although I thought I could have done better,” she said.

She was not alone in lifting Southwoods though. Mikhaela Dennis Fortuna added 53 points and Kim Yong Mi posted 43 to give Southwoods a day’s total of 152 points. The team now has 305 points over two days.

Cebu Country Club could not keep pace as none of its four players passed 50 points. The best was the 49 points of Mary Kim Hong, the playing-captain whose brother Charles plays in the local ICTSI pro tour.

The team managed just 130 points, far below its 149 in the first round, for a two-day sum of 279.

The other scorers were Jyra Mae Wong (44) and the 37 of either Rika Nagai and Catrina Martinez.

Major sponsors of the 72-hole event include Solar Entertainment Corp., Airbus, Business Mirror, Mareco Broadcasting Network, People Asia and Manila Broadcasting Corp. Other backers are Philippine Daily Inquirer, Fonterra, Mega Fiber, Mastercard, Tanduay Distillers and Zalora.

The results:

Championship: Manila Southwoods Masters 305 (153, 152) Cebu Country Club 279 (149, 130)

Founders: Alabang Country Club 276 (145, 131) Valley Golf South 265 (140, 125) Tagaytay Highlands Ladies Chapter 245 (127, 118) Rancho Palosverdes 245 (125, 120) The Orchard Team 1 226 (131, 95) Manila Southwoods Legend 223 (110, 113) Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club 221 (120, 101) Del Monte 214 (111, 103)

Sportswriters: Eagle Ridge 246 (121, 125) Camp Aguinaldo Team A 238 (119, 119) Apo Golf 227 (115, 112) Camp John Hay Golf Club 222 (106, 116) Davao City Golf Club 220 (109, 111) Manila Golf & Country Club Inc. 211 (108, 103) Anvaya Cove Golf& Sports Club 209 (105, 104) Valley North 206 (102, 104) Pueblo de Oro Golf Team 197 (101, 96) Iloilo Golf 196 (90, 106) Lady Eagles Australia/New Zealand Golfers 195 (98, 97) Bacolod Golf & Country Club 191 (94, 97)

Friendship: Alabang Ladies Golf Chapter 200 (95, 105) Wack Wack Golf 187 (99, 88) Victorias Team 177 (97, 80) Baguio Country Club 172 (92, 80) Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club Team B 171 (89, 82) The Orchard Team 2 166 (80, 86) Port Moresby 150 (76, 74)