SEA Games: Princess a regional golf queen in the making

SEA Games: Princess a regional golf queen in the making
Philippines' Princess Mary Superal wins the gold medal in golf women's individual during the 27th SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on 18 December 2013.

NAYPYIDAW- Her name suggests greatness, and this 16-year-old Filipino could well be the next queen of South-east Asian golf.

Meet Princess Mary Superal, whose royal form at the SEA Games saw her storm to the women's individual and team golds.

Yesterday, the prodigious talent fired an even-par 72 to finish six strokes ahead of Myanmar's Yin May Myo.

She was the only player in the 20-strong field to avoid an over-par round during the three-day event at the Royal Myanmar Golf Club.

"Everything just clicked for me here - drives were good, putts were decent, didn't make too many mistakes," the teenager, who shot a sparkling 66 on the opening day, said with a toothy grin.

It has been like that for her lately. On top of several junior tournament triumphs across the region, she became the first amateur winner on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour in October.

The +1 handicapper stunned a field - including local pros Chihiro Ikeda and Dottie Ardina - to win the ICTSI Camp John Hay Ladies Invitational by eight strokes.

In May, she captured the Singapore Ladies Amateur Open by four shots, breaking the course record by two strokes with a seven-under 65 that included eight birdies.

No wonder Princess is already tipped by many in her country to one day emulate compatriot Jennifer Rosales, a two-time winner on the United States-based LPGA Tour.

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