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Onkanok Soisuwan drained three birdies in a one-un­der­par 71 on Thurs­day and com­pleted a wire-to-wire win in the Ladies Philip­pine Golf Tour (LPGT) by rul­ing the Mount Malarayat leg by a whop­ping seven shots in Lipa City.

Count­ing rounds of 70 and 69, Soisuwan, in her first pro tour­na­ment, was a cut above the field, tal­ly­ing a 54hole 210 with Filipino am­a­teur Mikha For­tuna fin­ish­ing a badly-beaten sec­ond at 217.

For­tuna also closed out with a 71 on an­other scorch­ing-hot day at the com­plex’s com­pos­ite lay­out and caught Thai­land’s Ti­ranan Yoopan in sec­ond. Yoopan matched par.

“I didn’t ex­pect to win be­cause this is my first tour­na­ment as a pro,” said Soisuwan, who an­chored Team South­east Asia’s dom­i­nant per­for­mances over the Philip­pines’ finest am­a­teurs in the Pradera Ladies Chal­lenge the past two years.

“The first round was re­ally dif­fi­cult as I strug­gled with my driver. But I stayed fo­cused and kept my com­po­sure,” added Soisuwan, who took home P300,000 for her ef­forts. “I also had some trou­ble with my irons (in the fi­nal round) but I man­aged to keep it to­gether.”

Com­ing into the fi­nal 18 holes with a six-shot lead, Soisuwan played the way she did in the first two rounds, at­tack­ing when the op­por­tu­nity came and fight­ing off com­pla­cency.

Cyna Ro­driguez opened with a dou­ble bo­gey and was never in it the rest of the day, wind­ing up with a 74 for 218.

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