Saso, Kim post easy Phl Ju­nior re­peats

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

Yuka Saso rode on a scorch­ing frontside run to com­plete a record 13-shot romp while Kim Joo Hyung cruised to a seven-stroke vic­tory as they dom­i­nated the Philip­pine Ju­nior Am­a­teur Open Golf Cham­pi­onships (Stroke­play) for the sec­ond straight time at the Sher­wood Hills Golf Club in Trece Mar­tirez, Cavite yes­ter­day. Twelve-up over Harmie Con­stantino after 54 holes, the in-form Saso never let up and siz­zled with a 31 spiked by a sec­ond eagle in four days at the par-5 No. 8, post­ing leads of as many as 16 be­fore slow­ing down with a dou­ble bo­gey-marred 38 for that 69.

The reign­ing national cham­pion, also the World Ju­nior Girls gold medal­ist in Canada last year, pooled a 12-un­der 276 to re­tain the crown while se­cur­ing her spot in the national team com­pet­ing in the South­east Asian Games in Malaysia in Au­gust.

The event, part of the PLDT Group National Am­a­teur Golf Tour and spon­sored by the MVP Sports Foun­da­tion and con­ducted by the National Golf As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines, served as third and fi­nal leg of the NGAP SEAG national team qual­i­fier. The two others were the National Stroke Play, which Saso also ruled last Jan­uary, and the W Ex­press RVF Cup, which Con­stantino topped last Fe­bru­ary.

Mean­while, the Philip­pine Am­a­teur Open Match Play Golf Cham­pi­onship will be held April 24-28 at the Or­chard Golf and Coun­try Club in Das­mar­iñas, Cavite. For de­tails, call NGAP at (02) 706-5926 or Or­chard at (02) 982-2000 lo­cal. 2241 or email

ngap2009hand­i­cap@ya­hoo.com, or visit www.ngapon­line.net.

Con­stantino failed to match Saso’s bristling start al­though she put in a pair of 35s for a 70 and 289 while Ju­nia Gabasa placed third with a 296 after a 76 fol­lowed by Kris­tine Tor­ralba (75-304), Nicole Abe­lar (76-306), Korean Yang Ju Young (75-308), Kayla Nocum (76309), China’s Ji Keyi (76-317), Jona Mag­calayo (79-319) and Sun­shine Zhang (80-324).

Kim gunned down three birdies in an­other scorch­ing day to negate a two-bo­gey mishap, his 36-35 card giv­ing him 283 ag­gre­gate, seven clear of Weiwei Gao, who ral­lied with a 69 to snatch sec­ond place at 290. Carlo Gat­may­tan matched par 72 to fin­ish tied for third at 291 with erst­while chal­lenger Ryan Mon­salve, who fal­tered with a 73.

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