Ilas, Jorge seize NGAP regional lead
Bernice Olivarez-Ilas birdied the last hole to save a 71 and broke away from a tight pack with a three-stroke lead even as Josh Jorge stormed ahead with a 72 in men’s play after two rounds of the NGAP Northern Luzon Regional Golf Championship at the Beverly Place Golf Club in Pampanga yesterday.
Tied with Kim Seo Yun after 18 holes with 69s, Ilas took solo control with a gutsy even par 34 going out then checked a shaky backside stint with two birdies in the last five to salvage an even par card at the par-71 bunker-laden layout that continued to bedevil the games of the Elite amateur field. With a 140 aggregate, Ilas built a three-stroke cushion over Kim, who fumbled with an opening 37 for a 74 and 143, while Laurea Duque failed to sustain a hot 32 start with a wobbly finish of 39 for a 71 and a 144 in the event serving as part of the PLDT Group’s National Amateur Golf Tour organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.
That moved Ilas 18 holes away from duplicating her feat in 2016 where she humbled some of country’s top pros in the Ladies Phl Golf Tour.
The tournament is backed by the MVP Sports Foundation, Cignal, Metro Pacific and hosted by Beverly Place Golf Club.