Rodriguez takes control of Orchard golf Ladies Classic

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014


DASMARINAS, Cavite – Cyna Rodriguez banked on a two-shot swing on No. 14 to wrest control then birdied the 18th for the second straight day to fire a 69 and surge ahead by four after two rounds of the ICTSI Orchard Golf Ladies Classic at Orchard’s Player
Course here yesterday.

Rodriguez, who won two legs in the five-stage inaugural ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour last year, also waxed a hot putter to move closer to a third title romp as she shouldered herself past Ikeda to post a huge four-shot lead with a 141 aggregate heading to the final round of the 54-hole championship.

“I had a superb short game but I was also lucky for sinking long birdie putts,” said Rodriguez, who rescued five pars in seven times that she went out of regulation and rolled in birdie putts from 20 and 30 feet on Nos. 7 and 14, respectively.

Down by three at the start of another punishing, scorching day, Rodriguez actually took command at the turn with a 34 as Ikeda, impressive with a 69 in the first round, hobbled with two bogeys in a birdie-less frontside stint of 38.

Ikeda birdied No. 13 to tie Rodriguez but the latter birdied the par-3 14th on a solid 6-iron tee-shot and took a two-shot lead after Ikeda missed the green and failed to return a five-footer for par.

Ikeda failed to recover from that mishap and dropped another stroke on the next while Rodriguez mastered the par-5 18th and holed out with another six-foot birdie to take a step closer to another P100,000 feat.

“I may be in the lead but it’s still not safe. The rest still have a chance,” said Rodriguez, who also birdied Nos. 1 and 5 inside nine feet while dropping shots on Nos.

3 and 11 after missing the green.

Ikeda, the former SEA Games gold medalist and many-time spearhead of the national team, parred the last three holes, wound up with a 76 and slid to second at 145, needing to bounce back with a solid round to stop her fellow former Philippine Ladies Open champion from nailing another win in the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

“I struggled with my irons and putting but I’ll try to go under tomorrow (today) and try to have fun. If I can score, the better,” said Ikeda. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 30, 2014.

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