Superal seeks No. 7 at W Express RVF cup
(The Philippine Star) - February 5, 2016 - 9:00am

MANILA, Philippines – Princess Superal expects to draw the challenge from a compact field out to stop her winning run here and abroad as she banners the field in the 21st W Express RVF Cup Amateur Golf Championship which gets going Feb. 9 at the Canlubang Golf and Country Club’s North course in Laguna.

But Superal, the former US Girls’ Junior champion, hopes to live up to the hype and extend her streak to seven after nipping The Country Club teammate Pauline del Rosario and Yuka Saso to annex her maiden Philippine Ladies Open crown at Tagaytay Highlands two weeks ago.

“Keeping a win run going has added to the pressure of playing to a higher level in each tournament. But coach Bong (Lopez) keeps on telling us to stay focused and polish our putting,” said Superal, who closed out 2015 with four victories in Malaysia, Singapore and Jakarta before dominating the Hong Kong Ladies Amateur Open last month.

Harmie Constantino, the reigning Philippine Amateur Stroke Play champion, looms as Superal’s biggest threat in the 72-hole championship sponsored by W Express and held in honor of the late golf patron Rod Feliciano, who also served as president of the organizing National Golf Association of the Philippines, along with TCC teammates Mikha Fortuna, Sam Martirez, Kayla Nocum and Bernice Ilas-Olivarez.

Koreans Jang Yun Ji, Yang Ju Young and Hyun Ji Rho take the cudgels for last year’s winner Choi Ye Rim, while Indonesian Rivan Sihotang is also in the fold along with local bets Sofia Legaspi, Tomita Arejola, Isabela Miravite, Kristine Torralba, Ashia Nocum, Junia Gabasa, Weifang Gao and Saso.

Keen competition is also seen in the men’s championship with Rupert Zaragosa seeking his third straight crown against a field toughened up by the presence of a number of Koreans and Japanese players.

The event is conducted by NGAP and serving as part of the PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour and sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation, Smart, PLDT and Metro Pacific Investment Corp. and Canlubang Golf and Country Club.

ACIRC ASHIA NOCUM BUT SUPERAL CANLUBANG GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB CHOI YE RIM COUNTRY CLUB CUP AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP NATIONAL AMATEUR GOLF TOUR HARMIE CONSTANTINO HONG KONG LADIES AMATEUR OPEN W EXPRESS
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