ILOILO – Mia Legaspi led a swashbuckling closing round by Manila Southwoods Masters yesterday as the Carmona-based squad repeated as Philippine Airlines (PAL) Ladies’ Interclub champion running away from Del Monte at Sta. Barbara here.
Legaspi fired a three-over-par 73 worth 51 points, Sunshine Baraquel added 48 and prodigious Annika Cedo contributed a 43 for a 142 and a 23-point victory over Del Monte.
Southwoods tallied 520 and easily overhauled a 32-point deficit at the start of the third round by fielding its top three players. Abby Arevalo, the 12-year-old US Veritas champion, carried the fight for Southwoods in the first two rounds with consecutive 44s.
Apple Fudolin scored 44, Eva Minoza chipped in with 43 and Rainstar Roque had a 35 for Del Monte’s final day 125 and 497 overall that made the Bukidnon-based bets runners-up for the second straight year of the event’s revival.
“It was sweet victory for us,” skipper Beachie Abiera said. “We were fortunate to successfully defend the title. The key was our decision to save our best players for the final two rounds.”
Legaspi, a battle-scarred teener with stints in so many tough events here and abroad, had five bogeys and two birdies that came on the fifth and 18th holes. Her 101 points easily made her the event’s individual champion.
“I was very comfortable with my swing out there today,” Legaspi said. “I was steady on the greens, which somehow explains my good score today.”
The Iloilo edition of the revived PAL Ladies Interclub is sponsored by Airbus, 100 Plus sports drink, Summit Water, Avis Car Rental, Department of Tourism, Crossover 105.1, Radyo5, People Asia magazine and Solar Entertainment.
The PALakbayan sponsors are B/E Aerospace, Boeing International Corp., RMN Networks and Sarabia Manor Hotel& Conventions Center. Donors include Amazing Planet, Century Properties, Diamond Hotel Phils., EDSA Shangri-la, Plantation Bay Resort & Spa, Print Town/Lexmedia and Tanduay Distillers and Hyatt Hotel & Casino.
In the other divisions, Cebu (462) is champion in Founders; Tagaytay Highlands (434) for Sportswriters; and Apo Golf (360) for Friendship.