Ilas, Jorge seize NGAP re­gional lead

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

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.

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