Filipino golfers take home top prizes in US tournament

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 28, 2014

GLENDALE, Calif. – There were big wins for the Philippines this past week in the amateur golf world, but none were bigger than the victory that took place in Arizona last Saturday.

The Philippines’ Princess Mary Superal won the most coveted amateur golf title – the US Golf Association Junior Girl’s World Championship – beating Mexico’s Marijosse Navarro in an overtime finale.

Balitang America talked to soft-spoken Superal at the Callaway Junior World Championships where she placed tenth place, days before she went to Arizona for the US Girl’s Championship.

“Sana na nalo hopefully,” she said. “Hopefully.”

Princess went on to become queen of amateur golf’s biggest tournament.

The happiest place on earth was packed with happy Filipinos as Filipinos won big at the Veritas Junior Golf World Championships in California.

After four days of play, medals were given to 13 Filipino golfers at downtown Disneyland.

Four of the medals were gold.

“Siempre exhausted,” said Carl Corpus, who placed first in the 12-year-old boy’s division, “Pero natutuwa parin ako kasi from two down na habolan yung kalaban ko, so nagging champion.”

“Nakaka pressure din kasi, it’s international competition,” said Richnell Albano, who placed second in the 14-year-old boy’s division.

The tournament lasted all last week, with matches taking place in Pasadena.

The youngest winner, Andrew Chua, took home gold in the seven-year-old boy’s division.

All three medals in the girl’s 13-year-old division went to Filipinos: Harmie Constantino, Ashia Nocum, and Kayla Nocum.

“It feels great,” said Harmie Constantino, who placed first in the 13-year-old girl’s division, “Great siempre kasi it’s all of us.”

The Veritas tournament, which brought in over 300 international contestants, has become an annual celebration for some of the Philippines’ top golf prodigies while Constantino captured her second gold in three years.

Ten-year-old Annika Pineda-Cayabyab has now won gold three years in a row.

For many young golfers these stateside wins are a ticket to bigger things, while the younger ones are eyeing shots at the Olympic runs in the near future.

Superal’s skills have earned her a college scholarship in Alabama.

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