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Superal launches Thai campaign



Princess Superal, forced to drop her LPGA of Japan Tour bid after her PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test yielded positive result, shifts her focus to Thailand as she joins the hunt in the BGC Thailand LPGA Masters firing off Wednesday at the Panya Indra Golf Club in Bangkok.

The multi-titled Pinay ace was all set to leave for Japan early this month, even skipping a couple of Ladies Philippine Golf Tour events to prepare for the JLPGA Q-School in various satellite venues. But she backed off at the last minute after being tested positive.

But now all cleared from any infections, Superal, who campaigned on the JLPGA’s feeder league, the Step Up Tour in 2019, has set her sights on the THB 4 million (around P6 million) event, undergoing daily workout and rigid training at the Manila Southwoods under swing coach Bong Lopez.

“She has completed all the travel and health requirements. Game-wise, she’s been doing well,” said Lopez, who guided Superal to a number of international titles, including a record US Girls’ Junior title conquest in 2014.

The ICTSI-backed shotmaker could’ve joined last week’s LPGT Riviera event, which she ruled late last year, but Superal and Lopez opted to practice, sharpen her putting stroke and toughen up for the 54-hole Thai LPGA Masters.

She braces for a shootout with a slew of Thais she has faced in a number of LPGT forays, led by many-time winner Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, along with Arpichaya Yubol, Wanchana Poruangrong and Wannasiri Sirirampant.