Filipina golfers overpower defending Thai champs to win Santi Cup

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The Philippines finally stopped Thailand’s winning streak in the Santi Cup with an outstanding strong-start-to-finish performance that gave the Filipina golfers team the crown by a massive 18-stroke victory.

The Philippines’ women’s team emerged from the tournament dominating the top two posts in individual play of the South East Asia Golf Team Championships in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar held towards the end of December.

The victory is extra sweet for the Filipina champions as their win is only the second time the country has won the decade-long event that was dominated by Thailand for many years.

Princess Superal and Pauline Del Rosario gave the Philippines its historic first Santi Cup in 2015.

Asian Gold medalist teammates Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go, together with Bernice Ilas-Olivares, kept their strong form ending up with a 577 aggregate that kept them in the top position with Malaysia getting the bronze with 593.

Pagdanganan, a former Philippine Ladies Amateur Open Champion, stood as the powerhouse of the Pinays’ charge to victory, scoring a 10 under 278 total that clinched the individual Gold title, with Go also bagging the Silver with a 281, to seal their claim of the Philippines’ 2nd Santi Cup.

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