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Filipina golfers eye podium finish in Asian Games

MST Sports, Sept 19, 2014

DESPITE its 10th-place finish in the recent World Amateurs, Team Philippines’ chances to medal in this year’s Asian Games looks bright, according to national team coach Bong Lopez, three weeks before golf competition is fired off in the quadrennial games in Incheon, South Korea.

For one, Lopez said he had seen the level of play of two of the fancied teams in the fold—Korea and Japan—in the World Am in Japan and noted that Princess Superal, Miya Legaspi and Pauline del Rosario have what it takes to mix it up with the tall Koreans and the consistent Japanese.

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Filipina Golfer Superal Sizzles with 60 leads, by 4

Article from Philippine Star by Dante Navarro

Princess Superal hits her second shot on Camp John Hay's second hole.

Princess Superal hits her second shot on Camp John Hay’s second hole.

BAGUIO, Philippines – – Amateur Princess Superal came out a bit better than pro Chihiro Ikeda in their backside hunt for eagles and birdies that came like rain at Camp John Hay course here yesterday, firing a brilliant, bogey-free nine-under 60 and seizing a big four-stroke lead at the start of the P500,000 ICTSI Camp John Hay Ladies Philippine Golf Tour.

Two eagles at the backside of the par-69 layout spiked a fiery windup for the young, talented shotmaker from the ICTSI golf stable, who closed out with a seven-under 27 for that 60 – putting her well ahead of a stunned field, including Ikeda, who matched Superal’s two-eagle feat a flight behind but still trailed by four with a 64.

“I just had a good day. Solid drives, iron shots and putting,”

said Superal, humbled and not proud of her feat that came close to matching Carl Santos-Ocampo’s 58 on a par-68 yardage in last year’s ICTSI John Hay Invitational of the men’s pro circuit.

Although Superal fashioned out her latest exploit on a composite blue-white tee set-up, it still showed the brilliance in the diminutive 16-year-old lass, who birdied Nos. 1 and 6 then turned on the heat on a cold day with a solid iron game that set up short birdies on Nos. 10, 11 and 13.

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DATE: October 25, 2013

In regards to data on Female Golfers being sent by other SEA Nations I have the following data attached. I have highlighted all the SEA Games bound athletes in yellow high lighter.

Firstly to note there are only three countries who are ranked strong enough in SEA Women’s Golf according to data attached with ‘The World Amateur Golfing Rankings for Women’s’

As requested I obtained the list of the proposed team by National Golf Association (NGAP) of the Philippines from Paul Ycasas from the taskforce. ‘Attached’

Philippines has the Gold and Silver medallists at the ASEAN Youth Games ‘Attached’ Claire Amelia Legaspi and Princess May Superal. The other four athletes listed by NGAP Hoey, Uy, Del Rosario and Pagdanganan are not ranked on the world rankings.

It’s important to note that several of our top women’s golfers have recently turned professional ‘article attached’

Malaysia will be fielding Kelly Tan, Nur Durriyah Damian, Vivian Chang and Michelle Koh in their line-up all four of these athletes appear in the World Amateur golf rankings.

Thailand will be fielding Supamas Saengchan who finished with bronze behind Legaspi and Superal at the 2013 Asian Youth Games in Nanjing. Benyapa Niphatsophon and Ornnicha Konsunthea (8th in Asian Youth Games). ‘Article attached’ It’s important to note the article also stated that Thailand is not fielding its strongest women golfers who are based in the United States.

With this data evident Legaspi and Superal would performance credibly in individual events at SEA open age competition but as a whole the strength of the other four members as a team is questionable.

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*Unsure why they opted not to send Superal she is Asian Youth Champ and Ranked 3rd in SEA against seniors according to the World Amateur rankings.

By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 20, 2013 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – Due to the absence of a competitive team, the Philippines has decided to pull out of the golf competitions in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar in December.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco broke the news yesterday, saddened by the fact that the country’s top female golfers had turned professional.

In the men’s side, two of the top players have cited their studies as the main reason they can’t join the Philippine team to the SEA Games.

“What I know is that we don’t have a golf team to the SEA Games. Most of our lady golfers turned professional,” said Cojuangco, who turned 79 yesterday.

The POC chief said the decision to pull out of  the SEA Games was made by the National Golf Association of the Philippines under Tommy Manotoc.

Filipina golfers who turned pro this year are Dottie Ardina, Jayvee Agojo, Cyna Rodriguez and Chihiro Ikeda, leaving only Princess Superal of the ICTSI golf program as the only available player.

Asian youth champion Princess Superal ranked #3 in SEA is the only non-professional golfer left available for womens team in SEA Games.

Asian youth champion Princess Superal ranked #3 in SEA is the only non-professional golfer left available for womens team in SEA Games.

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Also reading the below article i must agree with the decision of the taskforce as the players presented are not certain medalists.

“But how can we be sure about that? Which team or which individual is sure of winning the gold?”

If we are not entirely sure isn’t that too much of a risk?

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Athlete Name Nation Divisor Points Avg
1 Joe Sakulpolphaisan Thailand 48 906.25
2 Anton Arboleda Philippines 45 892.78
3 Itthipat Buranatanyarat Thailand 31 882.26
4 Nattawat Suvajanakorn Thailand 47 873.94
5 Danthai Boonma Thailand 54 869.44
6 Rico Hoey Philippines 42 833.33
7 Poom Saksansin Thailand 26 821.43
8 Abel Tam Malaysia 63 813.10
9 Tawan Phongphun Thailand 47 810.11
10 Suradit Yongcharoenchai Thailand 36 809.03
11 Jerome Ng Singapore 76 790.13
12 Marc Ong Singapore 73 771.06
13 Kasidit Lepkurte Thailand 34 770.59
14 Melvin Chew Singapore 31 766.13
15 Muhammad Wafiyuddin Abdul Manas Malaysia 44 755.68
16 Rupert Zaragosa III Philippines 51 755.55
17 Niklaus Chiam Singapore 50 743.00
18 Kha Jei Low Malaysia 60 738.12
19 Jobim Carlos Philippines 57 733.99
20 Johnson Poh Singapore 38 709.21


Athlete Name Nation Divisor Points Avg
1 Chirapat Jao-Javanil Thailand 35 1347.86
2 Kelly Tan Malaysia 39 1139.10
3 Princess Mary Superal Philippines 67 1121.08 *Asian Youth Champion
4 Cyna Rodriguez Philippines 43 1032.27
5 Michelle Koh Malaysia 39 1009.62
6 Regina De Guzman Philippines 40 992.50
7 Supamas Sanghcan Thailand 37 964.86
8 Benyapa Niphatsophon Thailand 50 939.00
9 Yupaporn Kawinpakorn Thailand 36 911.81
10 Loy Hee Ying Malaysia 36 911.11
11 Charlotte Jaengkit Thailand 28 895.09
12 Nur Durriyah Damian Malaysia 49 894.13
13 Sherman Santiwiwattanapong Thailand 38 889.47
14 Chonlada Chayanun Thailand 30 887.92
15 Sasikarn On-iam Thailand 28 878.57
16 Suchaya Tangkamolprasert Thailand 36 877.78
17 Omicha Konsunthea Thailand 31 852.82
18 Mai Dechathipat Thailand 30 850.83
19 Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras Thailand 47 847.34
20 Iman Ahmad Nordin Malaysia 46 834.78




CONGRATULATIONS to PRINCESS MARY SUPERAL for winning the GOLD MEDAL in the Women’s Golf Singles; and to our Women’s Golf Team composed of Princess Mary Superal, Katrina Marie Briones and Clare Amelia Legaspi for winning the GOLD MEDAL in the Women’s Golf Team event!

16-year-old Superal was the silver medalist at the Asian Youth Champion earlier this year in Nanjing, China behind 14-year-old Mia Legaspi also Philippines. She was added to the team when most of the countries current top women’s golfers decided to turn pro.

MABUHAY KA Princess, Katria and Clare!golf

Excitement wanes without Wie

Posted: 5:21 AM (Manila Time) | Jan. 19, 2004
Agence France-Presse

HONOLULU, Hawaii — The “Big Easy” was back in contention, but without the “Big Wiesy,” the third round of the Sony Open on Saturday seemed just a little flat.

Who would have thought the absence of a 14-year-old girl would detract from a PGA Tour event? But then Michelle Wie has shown she’s not just any schoolgirl golfer.

“It seemed boring out there today, not a lot of excitement,” America’s world No. 4 Davis Love admitted.
Wie shocked many by missing the cut Friday by just one stroke, carding a second-round 68 for a two-round total of even-par 140.

“She shot 68 in a PGA Tour event – it’s an incredible accomplishment,”

Love added of the Korean-American ninth-grader. “She’s proven in ladies’ events, in men’s events, that she can play at the top-level.
“There was an argument whether she should be playing or not, but I’m glad she played. I thought it was exciting. It’s the talk in the locker room, the guys that got out-hit and got beat.”

South African Ernie Els, nicknamed the Big Easy for the sweet, unhurried swing that Wie’s so resembles — earning her the nickname
the Big Wiesy — played a practice round with this week’s star attraction.

He was full of praise for the youngster, and said he expected to see her back in the field here next year.

“I think she validated her exemption in this tournament,” said Els, who Was lying second to American Harrison Frazar after the third round. “It would be great if she could play again next year.”

Love remembered contemplating whether Annika Sorenstam — the world’s best woman golfer — would be able to compete at The Colonial last season. It seems like another lifetime ago.

“Just a year ago, we were wondering if a lady could play out here, and here is a 14-year-old,” he said. “Do you know of any other golfer with more potential under the age of 25?

“She’s got the talent to win almost any tournament she enters, but she’s still only 14 and still inexperienced. I think she’s the next Tiger Woods, but you just have to see what happens the next few years,” he added.

Love said his 15-year-old daughter, who rarely watches golf on TV, was glued to the telecast Friday night, as was his 10-year-old son.

“My son thinks that since he’s 10, in five years time he can be on tour,”

Love said. “That’s the influence (Wie) has and that’s why it’s good for the game that she plays, because she gets kids thinking that way.
“Do you think Michelle Wie would be thinking she could play on the PGA Tour if it weren’t for Tiger Woods? I don’t think so,” Love said.

“That’s his influence, and her influence will be just as great, especially for little girls.”

Tiger’s not the predator of old

JUNE 7, 2003

The Strait Times Interactive

Tiger’s not the predator of oldHe does not instil same fear as his dominance wanes ahead of US Open

POTOMAC (Maryland) – Tiger Woods no longer enjoys the same level of dominance over his rivals as he did two years ago and will be scrutinised more than usual when he launches his US Open title defence next week.

Scenes of Woods agonising over the mis-hit drives and missed putts have become common recently. — REUTERS

The world No 1, who clinched it last year by three shots at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, has not won a Major title since then and his aura of invincibility has taken more than a few knocks recently.

Although he remains the game’s best player by some distance, his intimidation factor does not appear to be at the level it was 12 months ago, and knee surgery last December has forced him to reduce his playing schedule this season.

Remarkably, he managed to win three times in four starts when he returned to the PGA Tour earlier this year but he has played in only four tournaments since then with a solitary top-10 finish.

The doubts began to surface when he failed to clinch an unprecedented third consecutive US Masters title in April, having surged into contention with a brilliant third-round 66.

A poor decision to use a driver on the third tee at Augusta National on the last day cost him a double-bogey six, and any chance of going on to seal victory. He had to settle for a share of 15th after a 75.

Since his forgettable day in Georgia, he has tied for 29th at the European Tour’s Deutsche Bank-SAP Open in Germany and, more encouragingly, shared fourth at the Memorial on Sunday, when he was clearly boosted by a closing 65.

And he believes he is close to his best form as he prepares for the year’s second Major.

‘Things are starting to show some real positive signs,’ said the American. ‘I’m pleased with the way I have been practising, hitting the ball on the range and playing on the course. I’m close to getting the swing where I need to have it.’

Always meticulous in his preparations for the Majors, he played Olympia Fields Country Club’s North Course for the first time last week. ‘It’s a different golf course and there are a lot of angles,’ he said. ‘You have to shape the ball. You have to make a decision on your carries, what line to take.

‘At Bethpage, it was straight ahead and go ahead. I think I will be using more three-woods than anything else off the tee.’

The par-70 North Course layout, unusually, has no par-five holes on its second nine and provides a notoriously tough finish with both the par-three 17th and par-four 18th played into the prevailing wind. ‘I think it’s going to force everybody to play more defensively,’ said the 27-year-old.

In keeping with tradition, the title-holder will be playing the first two rounds with the British Open champion, Ernie Els, and the US amateur champion, Ricky Barnes.

This means the world’s top two players will be going head-to-head over the first two days.

When Woods won three of the four Majors during 2000, two-time US Open winner Els was one of several leading players who clearly suffered psychologically from the ‘Tiger factor’.

The South African’s mental frailty deteriorated further at last year’s Masters when he self-destructed on the back nine after contending for the title. But all that appeared to change with his British Open victory at Muirfield last year.

Els signalled he could provide a genuine challenge to Woods at this year’s Majors after winning four titles in his first five starts of the season. The only slight concern has been his putting but the world No 2 is confident this will be rectified in time for Thursday’s tee-off.

Others quite capable of challenging strongly include Masters champion Mike Weir and two-time Major winner Vijay Singh.

— Reuters, AP


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