Thai rookie cruises to 7-shot Malarayat romp

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

Onkanok Soisuwan nailed her break­through win on the Ladies Philip­pine Golf Tour in style, out­class­ing the lo­cal top guns and a slew of fel­low Thai aces with a seven-stroke vic­tory in the ICTSI Mount Malarayat Ladies Clas­sic at Mt. Malarayat com­pos­ite course in Lipa City, Batan­gas yes­ter­day.

With a huge overnight sixstroke lead, Soisuwan hardly found a chal­lenge in the fi­nal 18 holes of the P1.25 mil­lion cham­pi­onship, mix­ing three birdies against two bo­geys in an­other scorch­ing day to com­plete a run of un­der-par cards with a 71 to com­plete a wire-towire tri­umph in her first pro tour­na­ment.

Count­ing her early 70 and 69, the for­mer top am­a­teur pooled a 210 and beat lo­cal am­a­teur Mikha For­tuna and com­pa­triot Ti­ranan Yoopan by seven. For­tuna matched Soisuwan’s clos­ing 71 to clinch the low am­a­teur tro­phy while Yoopan set­tled for an­other top three fin­ish with a 72 for 217s. Yoopan re­ceived P155,000.

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

“The first round was re­ally dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially my driver. But I stayed fo­cused and kept my com­po­sure. I also had some trou­ble with my irons to­day but I still got it,” added Soisuwan, who banked P300,000 for her maiden feat.

Cyna Ro­driguez, who trailed Soisuwan af­ter 36 holes, failed to get go­ing with a dou­ble-bo­gey start and a bo­gey on the par-5 No. 9 although she made two birdies at the back to fin­ish with a 74 for fourth at 218.

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