On April 4 to 6 at Tarlac City, Philippines
Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang fired birdies to victor over home-soil player at Luisita Golf & CC.
TARLAC – Thai Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang claimed her first Ladies Philippine Golf Tour crown the hard way, needing three extra holes to foil Cyna Rodriguez and snare the ICTSI Luisita Ladies Championship crown at the Luisita Golf and Country Club here yesterday.
Pattaranakrueang missed clinching it on the first playoff hole on No. 18 but hit a solid drive and a superb approach shot on the par-4 No. 10 and banged in the putt from pin-length distance to end a grueling search for a victory the last five weeks here and abroad.
“I’m very happy. I’ve been wanting to win here,” said Pattaranakrueang, who tied for 13th at the Tagaytay Highlands Ladies Challenge last month and saw action in India, Thailand and China in pursuit of a championship.
“I’d like to rest for now and enjoy the moment,” said the 29-year-old Thai, who also birdied No. 16 in regulation play to salvage a 72 and force a tie at 219.[…] Thanuttra boonraksasat, also of Thailand, placed fifth at 223 after a 72 and received P115,000.
Chihiro Ikeda also rallied with a 70 to tie Marvi Monsalve, who faltered with a 76, at sixth at 224 while Thai Numa Gulyanamitta carded a 74 for a 228 and former leg winner Saruttaya Ngam-usawan made a 73 to share ninth place with amateur Sofia Chabon, who skied to a 79, at 230.
Two behind Rodriguez after 36 holes, Pattaranakrueang seized control with birdies on Nos. 4 and 8 as Rodriguez dropped two strokes on the seventh and bogeyed the next, putting the Thai ahead instead by three at the turn.
But Rodriguez refused to give up and gunned down back-to-back birdies from No. 14, the last netting her back the lead as Pattaranakrueang double-bogeyed the par-4 14th, setting up the thrilling finish after back-to-back romps by Superal in the circuit.
“I never thought of winning because it’s the fifth consecutive week of tournaments. Plus all the flights from India, Chuhai, and Guangcho. Anyway, the long work had paid off! I will take some rest to celebrate this championship.”
“My previous conditions were similar. I think it’s even gradually improve. I used short-term plan to keep me concentrate yet relax.”
“During this game practice, I felt my energy had ran down. Thanks a bunch to Numa Gulyanamitta. She told me to play what I have rather than push it. I focus on control like she suggested. My mind and putts were stable. I missed some green’s lines but I approached it safely to cover it.”
“My play-off rival, Cyna Rodriguez was amazing as well. It made me tense up a bit. I calmed myself and concentrate on my routine. Then, I earned my first oversea win after start joined this tour 2 years ago.”