Ladies Philippine Masters: Bisera posts one-stroke lead over Kim after last-hole birdie

Ladies Philippine Masters: Bisera posts one-stroke lead over Kim after last-hole birdie
Florence Bisera with father-caddie Reynaldo.
Pilipinas Golf

MANILA, Philippines – Florence Bisera endured challenging bounces off the tee with a near-impeccable short game, pounding out a gutsy two-under 70 to wrest a one-stroke lead over Seoyun Kim at the start of the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Masters at the Villamor Golf Club Wednesday.

Following her maiden victory at home in South Pacific in Davao last September, Bisera navigated the tight layout virtually unscathed, She overcame a bogey on No. 16 with three birdies, including a tap-in on the final hole.

“Actually, my driving was good, but I missed many shots due to the unpredictable kicks. However, my short game, especially putting, was strong,” said Bisera in Pilipino. She birdied the par-3 No. 4 and No. 15 but couldn’t save par after missing the green on the next hole.

She hinted at adjusting her strategy for the second round, saying: “I might avoid using the driver too much, the fairways are very unpredictable.”

The impressive finish distanced her from Kim, who began her round at the backside and reached the ninth hole at two-under par with four birdies against two bogeys. But she struggled with her putting, missing close-range birdie opportunities on Nos. 6 and 7 and failing to get up-and-down on the last hole, resulting in a 71.

“It was not my day. My driver was all over the place, but my irons were fine. In times of trouble, I managed to save par,” said Kim, motivated by her family’s support. “They trust me so much. That’s why I want to do well this week and I believe I can.”

Defending champion Harmie Constantino, who had a rough start, rebounded with a blistering windup. From joint seventh at three-over after 15 holes, the back-to-back winner at Palos Verdes and Caliraya Springs birdied two of the last three holes to card a 73, playing her at solo third spot.

Pre-tournament favorite Pauline del Rosario also demonstrated her prowess, bucking an early mishap on No. 2 with three birdies over the next 11 holes. But an uncharacteristic quadruple bogey on the par-4 No. 14 derailed her charge. She bogeyed the next hole but birdied the 16th, finishing with a 74.

Catching her at fourth are Mikha Fortuna and Gretchen Villacencio, four strokes behind Bisera.

Sarah Ababa wavered with a 75 for a share of seventh with Chihiro Ikeda, while Apple Fudolin carded a 76 and Velinda Castil turned in a 77 for 10th spot in the 54-hole, P750,000 tournament, the fourth leg of this year’s circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc.

With Kim, Constantino and del Rosario expected to press their bids, along with Fortuna and Villacencio, a spirited battle is anticipated as the contenders position themselves for cracks at the championship.

vuukle comment




  • Latest
  • Trending
Are you sure you want to log out?

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

Get Updated:

Signup for the News Round now

or sign in with