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Sta. Elena reigns at home, bags WGAP di­a­dem

- Laguna province · Stableford · Forest Hills · Philippines · San Miguel Corporation · Tagaytay City

Sta. Elena saved its best at home, post­ing podium fin­ishes in all three di­vi­sions, in­clud­ing a vic­tory in Class A, as it turned what had ap­peared to be a tight fin­ish into a run­away ti­tle romp in the 2019 Cham­pion WGAP Cir­cuit at the Sta. Elena Golf Club in La­guna re­cently.

With Candice Yulo fir­ing 41 Stable­ford points and Div­ina Ne­mec back­ing her up with 36 points and Ca­rina Ri­ca­monte and Therese Dabao churn­ing out a pair of 33 points, the Sta. Elena ladies pooled a 143 and edged For­est Hills (141) by two in Class A worth three points. Fer­nando Air Base placed third with 139.

The hosts also fin­ished sec­ond in Class C with a 129 to­tal worth two points, yield­ing the honors to Ea­gle Ridge, which scored a 132 while Camp Aguinaldo scored a 126 to place third. Sta. Elena also as­sem­bled a 137 and sal­vaged third place worth one point in Class B ruled by Camp Aguinaldo (143), which beat Vil­lamor (139) by four.

Scor­ers for Sta. Elena’s Class C team were Belinda Baluyot (35), Jen­nifer Um-Choi (33), He­len Lisuy (31) and Kasi­nee Dun­can (30) while its Class B mem­bers were Lily Chan (40), Nancy Or­tiga (34), Mary Jane Ishi­hara (32) and Mar­ilen Ban­tug (31).

That de­ci­sive six-point haul net­ted Sta. Elena a to­tal of 22 points af­ter the eight-leg, course-hop­ping cir­cuit or­ga­nized by Women’s Golf As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines and cospon­sored by Cham­pion and Hana with San Miguel Corp., EVA Air, Alveo and Ver­mo­gen as the clos­ing leg’s other back­ers.

Shar­ing the spot­light were Rowena Royena Bjork­lund of Ta­gay­tay High­lands, who scored a hole-in-one right on her first shot in the shot­gun start on the 97-yard No. 14 us­ing a Honma Beres No. 11 and a Volvik 33 ball, while Fer­nando Air Base’s Grace Mon­tilla took the over­all in­di­vid­ual crown.

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