QUE GRABS LEAD AS NAKAJIMA WAVERS

Manila Times - - SPORTS -

AN­GELO QUE and Toru Nakajima switched places at the top with a 69 and 72, re­spec­tively, in an­other windy day here as they built a huge lead from the rest of the pack half­way through the ICTSI An­vaya Cove In­vi­ta­tional in Morong, Bataan on Thurs­day.

In what has shaped up to be a two-man duel at the An­vaya Cove Golf and Sports Club, Que and Nakajima fum­bled at the fin­ish in an­other chal­leng­ing day but the for­mer still came through with a three-un­der card to grab the lead at 139 and the lat­ter match­ing par 72 for a 140.

Que, who closed out with a bo­gey and dou­ble bo­gey at the front for a 70 in the first round, flashed the form the net­ted him a three- stroke win over Tony Las­cuña here in 2015, birdy­ing five of the first 11 holes to surge ahead. But he hit a way­ward shot on the par-4 17th and made a dou­ble-bo­gey for a 33-36 card for a five-un­der 139 to­tal.

Nakajima also ap­peared headed for an­other bo­gey-free round with two birdies af­ter 10 holes. But he wa­vered with bo­geys on Nos. 14 and 18 and set­tled for a 72.

Al­bin Engino and Amer­i­can Ni­co­las Paez carded iden­ti­cal 71s for joint third at 147, seven shots off Nakajima, vir­tu­ally set­ting the stage for a two- way bat­tle for the top P650,000 purse with still two rounds left in the kick­off leg of this year’s cir­cuit spon­sored by ICTSI.

Tony Las­cuña, ea­ger to re­bound from a wind- blown 84 Wed­nes­day, birdied the first three holes at the front and went four- un­der with an­other birdie on No. 17 but bo­geyed the last to match Que’s 69.

He did make the cut pegged at a high 12-over 156 but the reign­ing Or­der of Merit cham­pion stood too far be­hind at 153 for joint 19tht with Rico Depilo (77), An­thony Fer­nando ( 75), Zanieboy Gialon ( 74) and Hiro­taro Naito of Ja­pan (72).

Hardly a charge was heard from the morn­ing group al­though un­her­alded Omar Dungca siz­zled with a five-un­der 67 that made up for his open­ing 81, mov­ing him to joint fifth at 148 with John Jack­son of the US, who shot a 71.

Un­fan­cied Er­win Ar­cil­las also re­bounded with a 72 for a 149 while Frankie Miñoza carded a 73 to tie Jay Bay­ron ( 75) and Ja­panese Sy­otaro Onuki (72) at 150 and Elmer Sal­vador ( 74), Or­lan Sum­cad ( 75), Joe­nard Rates ( 73), Jun Ber­nis ( 71) and Rufino Bay­ron ( 70) all tied at 151 but too far be­hind in this kick­off leg of this year’s cir­cuit backed by KZG, Pac­sports, Cus­tom Club­mak­ers, Tay­lorMade, Sharp, Cham­pion, Sum­mit Min­eral Wa­ter, Event Cap­tain, Ping and Pi­o­neer In­sur­ance.

Cas­sius Casas, who barely made the cut with a 77 and a 156 in a tie with Randy Gar­alde ( 77), Pedo Repato ( 75), Shota Fukuhara of Ja­pan (76), Korean Chun Se­ung Hee (76) and Clyde Mondilla ( 76).

Miss­ing the cut were Robert Pac­to­lerin (77-157), Mars Pu­cay (80-158), Dutch Guido Van der Valk (77-159), Jo­bim Car­los (78162) and Charles Hong (79-163).

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An­gelo Que ■

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