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Pauline settles for joint second



PAULINE del Rosario is peaking in time for the second stage of the LPGA Tour Q-School. / Photograph courtesy of ICTSI

Pauline del Rosario lost in the face of rival Jessica Porvasnik’s career-best frontside run and settled for joint second with a closing 69 in the Parris Island Women’s Championship in South Carolina Tuesday.

Porvasnik, tied with Del Rosario and two others after 36 holes, served notice of her bid in the LPGA Q-School Stage 2 in two weeks’ time in Florida as she turned what had appeared to be a tight finish into a breakaway triumph with a blistering six-birdie string from No. 2.

The Ohio native went on to fire a stirring 10-under 62 at the Legends of Parris Island course for a whopping seven-stroke victory.

Del Rosario failed to match that hot start and even fell way behind Porvasnik with a bogey on No. 7 although she fought back with four birdies in the last seven holes to salvage a three-under card for joint second with Allisen Corpuz, who also shot a 69.

Porvasnik also birdied No. 9 to cap her astounding frontside assault with a 28. She added three more birdies in the last six holes to complete a solid, record round for a three-day total of 201.
Del Rosario and Corpuz ended up with 208s while erstwhile joint leader Lucia Polo submitted a 70 to drop to fourth at 209.

The Filipina ace had looked forward to an explosive finish after rallying from four down after 18 holes to force a four-way tie for the lead with a second round 68.

But paired with Porvasnik in the last 18 holes, Del Rosario struggled trying to find her target in the early going while flubbing a birdie chance on the par-5 No. 2.

As Porvasnik buried birdies after birdies from the second hole and started to pull away, Del Rosario, along with Corpuz and Polo in the other flight, fell behind by seven and never got closer than six at the back.

Corpuz, whose father is a Filipino, birdied two of the first three holes but yielded the strokes on Nos. 4 and 7, paving the way for Porvasnik’s breakaway run.