Ilas sib­lings poised for sweep

Tempo - - Sports -

SI­LANG, Cavite – Sib­lings Miguel and Ber­nice Oli­varez-Ilas churned out a pair of gutsy rounds in an­other pun­ish­ing day at Langer course and edged closer to post­ing a rare feat in the Riviera MVPSF Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship here yes­ter­day.

The field bat­tled through strong winds for the sec­ond straight day and had to en­dure in­ter­mit­tent rains with Miguel, 14, tough­en­ing up in the last four holes to pro­duce a 75 spiked by a fi­nal-hole birdie and surg­ing from joint fourth to the top of the heap at 152, two ahead of Kristof­fer Arevalo and Josh Jorge.

Ber­nice, on the other hand, kept her game in check from start to fin­ish, re­bound­ing from mis­cues with clutch birdies and sub­mit­ting a tough 73 card that shoved her past erst­while leader Ju­nia Gabasa at 147 in the women’s side of the Cham­pi­onship Divi­sion of the event pre­sented by MVP Sports Foun­da­tion.

Gabasa, who led Ber­nice by two Fri­day, blew it early with a 40 start but the Ce­buana bet bat­tled back with a 36 to sal­vage a 76 for a 148, just one stroke off the new leader. Rianne Mal­ixi also squan­dered a 36 start with a 42, her 78 drop­ping her eight strokes off Ber­nice at 155.

“I’m happy with my short game and en­joyed most of it,” said Miguel, a Grade 9 De La SalleZo­bel stu­dent who topped the Pradera World Qual­i­fy­ing Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship re­cently. “I had some trou­bles but I some­how man­aged it.”

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