TWO wins to score a young girl Ladies Golf Tour in the Philippines the campaign was sufficient for Harmie Constantino to claim the Order of Merit trophy. Then there were two failed attempts for the title which should make her harder and stronger for the 2022 season.
In a season filled with uncertainties due to the pandemic, the organization Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. again hosted eight tournaments that produced six winners, with a 14-year-old eclipsing pros in season finale.
Constantino marked his professional debut with a shock two-stroke multi-title win Princess Superal at Eagle Ridge-Aoki last March before gambling was abruptly suspended due to coronavirus concerns.
“I didn’t even have the Order of Merit in my head when I was playing. I just got out and played, ”said Constantino, who took 609,750 P on two wins to finish at the top of the winners list.
“I had few chances where I missed. But that only showed that there was still a lot to learn, ”she added, referring to her finalist efforts at Riviera-Couples and Midlands.
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Superal redeemed itself by getting closer Chanelle Avaricio by one at Sherwood Hills when the circuit resumed in July, then repeated on the latter by winning the Eagle Ridge-Norman stage by three.
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Harmie Constantino tops the winning list with two wins in eight tournaments.
Another wave of Covid-19 cases forced the Tour to take another break, this time a three-month hiatus. And while Superal chose to focus on the LPGA of Japan Tour which was however hampered by health issues, Constantino made sure to stay in shape and she emphasized that by fending off fans. Mafy Singson by one when the circuit marked another restart at Eagle Ridge-Aoki.
No one dominated the next four tournaments.
Soleil Baraquiel, a lady pilot who said she soon realized her heart was in golf and not in flying, reigned in rough conditions in Highlands.
Avaricio snapped some bridesmaid finishes with a seven-stroke game at Riviera-Couples.
Daniella Uy made three in a row for the first winners after a five-stroke to victory at Riviera-Langer.
But as Constantino envisioned a fine end to the season and Baraquiel, Avaricio and Uy envision a sequel to their decisive victories, a 14-year-old amateur Rianne malixi have come to foil their offers.
Entering the event in great shape after a series of stays abroad, Malixi led from the start in windy conditions, punctuating Baraquiel by three despite a 73 after 18 holes then practically concluded the championship after moving away from nine on Uy with a 70 in the second round.
The final 18 holes turned out to be a crowning march for the 2020 national stroke play champion, who topped the American Junior Golf Association’s Se Ri Pak Desert Junior in California.
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She finished with a 15-stroke triumph over Constantino – just ahead of Superal’s record-breaking 16-stroke victory over Cyna Rodriguez at Highlands in 2018 – in an imposing victory that further boosted her confidence ahead of the national crown title defense of stroke play she won. in 2020 in January in Manila Southwoods.
Although she missed her goal of snatching a professional crown four times, Singson marked her mark with a sweep of the last four amateur honors.
Avaricio finished second in MOO with 539,000 P in earnings while Uy pocketed 489,750 P for the third, followed by Baraquiel with 474,150 P while Marvi Monsalve finished fifth with 413,550 P as Chihiro Ikeda, who skipped the last stop for an early vacation. break in Davao, fell to sixth place with P412.500.
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