Ilas 1 shot off leader in HK

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HONG KONG – Ber­nice Oli­varez-Ilas fum­bled with a bo­gey on the 18th for a 72 and missed grab­bing a share of the lead in the sec­ond round of the Es­prit Hong Kong Ladies Open Amateur Cham­pi­onship at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fan­ling late Thurs­day.

Catch­ing Lin Jie-en of Tai­wan in the lead head­ing to the fi­nal hole, Oli­varez-Ilas sliced her drive into the rough, missed the green and failed to get up and down from 20 feet, en­abling Lin to seize the solo lead with a sec­ond straight 72 and a 144 head­ing to the fi­nal round of the 54-hole tour­na­ment won by Princess Su­peral last year.

“The im­por­tant thing is we have a good chance to re­peat as cham­pion. I just have to be more con­sis­tent in the last day,” said the 15-year-old Oil­varez-Ilas of Team The Coun­try Club, who pooled a 145, in­clud­ing an open­ing 73.

The two other Filip­ina bets also stayed in the ti­tle hunt with young An­nyka Cayabyan also match­ing par 72 to move with two at 146 in a tie with erst­while joint Tai­wanese lead­ers Hou Yu-sang and Huang Yu-ping, who fum­bled with iden­ti­cal 75s.

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