Thursday September 20, 2012
Mary confident of a hat-trick of wins for Philippines in junior golf meet
PETALING JAYA: Princess Mary Superal is the lone entry from Philippines but the 15-year-old lass is confident of making it a hat-trick of wins for her country in the prestigious 100PLUS Malaysia Junior Open golf tournament.
Sarah Ababa (2010) and Dottie Ardina (2011) won the girls’ overall categories the last two years and Mary, took a huge step towards emulating them, when she shot an even par 72 at the Saujana Golf and Country Club (SGCC) to lead Malaysia’s Asha Lakshme by two strokes yesterday.
Mary, born and bred in Manila, and playing golf since she was five, said she enjoyed playing on the Palm Course.
“It is very hilly and tricky but I managed to get my irons into play today,” said Mary, whose father is teaching professional golf in Manila.
“Our whole family is crazy about golf and I hope to turn professional after I graduate. I am fairly confident of doing well in Malaysia as I’ve heard so much about this course from my compatriots, but didn’t expect to shoot such a good score.
“My putting was a little erratic and that probably caused me a better score,” said Mary, who enjoys watching comedies and going to the movies with her schoolmates.
“I need to remain calm over the next two days if I’m to maintain my country’s winning run.”
Meanwhile, hot favourite Low Khai Jei, shares the boys’ lead on one-under 71 with fellow Malaysian Paul San.
(Malaysian unless stated)
Boys: 71: Low Khai Jei, Paul San; 74: Muhammad Naqiuddin; 75: Park Chang-uk (Kor); 76: Joshua Gibbons (Eng); 77: Bryan Teoh Wiyang.
Girls: 72: Princes Mary Superal (Phi); 74: Asha Lakshme; 76: Nur Durriyah Damian, Genevieve Ling; 80: Sarafina Vinota Seretharan; 82: Abigail Chong.