On December 19 to 21 at Cavite, Philippine – Yupaporn Kawinpakorn won in a decade time to conclude the season with five under-par 206. While another 4 Thai ladies made into final round and finished within 12th ranking.
2017 ICTSI South Forbes Ladies Invitational: Thais complete 1-2 finish at LPGT So Forbes
SILANG, Cavite – For Thai veteran Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, it felt so good winning again here – 10 years after humbling a stellar field to claim the Philippine Ladies Open.
“I’m happy winning the trophy. It’s my second win in a decade,” said Kawinpakorn, moments after beating compatriot Chonlada Chayanun by two to capture the ICTSI South Forbes Ladies Invitational crown at the South Forbes Golf Club yesterday.
The margin of victory didn’t reflect by which she dominated the final round, most specifically local ace Princess Superal, who birdied the last three holes in the second day to force a tie heading to the final 18 holes of the P750,000 championship sponsored by ICTSI.
That generated some kind of excitement, a promise of a day-long shootout for the crown in the season-ending tournament of a record 11-stage Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.
But Kawinpakorn turned it into a victory walk, bucking the wind and pulling away from Superal after 10 holes before edging Chayanun by two despite double-bogeys in the last two holes.
With Superal grappling with her balky putter, Kawinpakorn went 4-up with an even card after 10 holes as the Filipina bet fumbled with two bogeys and a double-bogey and the Thai veteran bucked a shaky windup to card a 71 and foil Chayanun by two with a five-over 206 total.
“I knew I could win here because the course is short. But we had to deal with the wind that blew from all directions all tournament-long,” said Kawinpakorn, after receiving the top P150,000 purse from Philippine Golf Tour executive director Narlene Soriano during awards rites at the close of the record 11-stage Ladies PGT circuit.
Three behind Kawinpakorn at the start of the final round, Chayanun fell by as many as seven shots after 16 holes but gained a three-shot swing with a birdie on No. 17. But she ran out of holes in her comeback bid, finishing with a 70 and pocketing P95,000 for second with a 208.
It was Chayanun’s second straight runner-up effort after a 1-2-3 romp by the Thais in the Philippine Ladies Masters won by Renuka Suksukont at The Country Club two weeks ago.
And it was a sorry finish for Superal, who had hoped for a big windup after that fiery finish in the second round. But she failed to recover from a bogey-bogey miscue from No. 6 and a double-bogey mishap on the par-3 No. 10, no thanks to shaky putting that produced three-putts and a four-putt miscue.