September 25, 2017, 1:40 am
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Bernice 2 shots off in HK Am

HONG KONG. – Bernice Olivarez-Ilas wavered at the finish and fumbled with a one-over 73, dropping two strokes behind Huang Yu Ping and Hou Yu Sang of Chinese Taipei and local star Hu Jing Wednesday at the start of the Esprit Hong Kong Ladies Open Amateur at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling.

Olivarez-Ilas blew a one-under card with two late miscues, dropping a stroke on No. 14 on a wayward approach shot and hitting an errant drive on the next on her way to a double-bogey, slipping to joint sixth with Li Yuen of Hong Kong.

“I miscalculated a couple of shots,” said Olivarez-Ilas, seeking to retain the crown won by former The Country Club teammate and now Symetra Tour campaigner Princess Superal in runaway fashion.

The Filipina bet, who has won a pro tournament on the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour last year, will have to work extra hard to close in on Huang, Hou and Hu, who shot identical 71s at the well-kept New Course.

Sofia Chabon, the other TCC mainstay and winner of the Costa Mesa and Pradera Ladies tournament recently, stood three shots off the joint leaders at 74, along with Annyka Cayabyab and five others.

The 16-year-old Chabon birdied the first hole but struggled with her putting the rest of the way and finished with three bogeys.
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