On February 7 to 9 at Cavite City, Philippines – Ikeda Chihiro achieve the championship after threaten by rising star amateur Lee Ji Hyeon at Eagle Ridge Golf & CC. Meanwhile, Thai players own proportional places by finished 13 among 25 top. Leading by Pavarisa Yoktuan at third with an under-par 215. Then follows by Kanyalak Preedasuttijit with 3 strokes after.
Despite stumbling at the finish, Chihiro Ikeda knew she had the top purse in the bag.
With an amateur as playoff rival, Ikeda has all the reasons to be confident even after bogeying two of the last three holes in regulation and enabling Lee Ji Hyeon to gain a crack at the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Ladies Invitational championship.
What concerned her most was her energy for the extended duel.
“I was so tired. While Lee was able to take a break in a flight ahead, I had to proceed to the playoff right after my round,” said Ikeda.
And it didn’t take just one or two extra holes to finish off the Korean upstart.
But in the end, it was Lee who succumbed to playoff pressure, flubbing a par-putt from five feet on the third sudden death hole and enabling Ikeda to clinch the win with a routine par on their third trip on the par-4 18th of the Aoki layout.
“It’s nice to win again although I really have to toughen up in the playoff after blowing a huge lead in regulation. I was tired but coach Bong (Lopez) told me to just stay focused and keep believing in myself,” said Ikeda.
The victory was worth another P150,000 for Ikeda and it came three months after she scored a similar sudden victory over Thai Wannasiri Sirisampant at Forest Hills last November.
Pavarisa YoktuanPrincess Superal, who figured in a three-way lead with Ikeda and Hwang after 54 holes, failed to recover from early bunker woes, finishing with a 73 for fourth at 211 worth P95,000 while Thai Pavarisa Yoktuan matched par 72 for fifth at 215. She received P60,000.
Sirisampant, a former winner in the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., rallied with a tournament-best 68 to tie fellow Thai Numa Gulyanamitta, who carded a 72, at 219.[…]
Cyna Rodriguez shot a 72 for seventh at 220, Dottie Ardina wavered with a 77 for joint eighth with Thai Tirapan Yoopan, who had a 73, at 221, while Chonlada Chayanun, who had a couple of runner-up finishes in the circuit, shot a 72 for 10th at 222.