Luis Castro stumbled with a three-over 71 but pulled away by nine strokes over new pursuer Paolo Wong in the third round of the Aguinaldo Junior Open Championship at the Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club in QC yesterday.
Wong shot the day’s best of 70, including four birdies against two bogeys and two double bogeys, but hardly gained on Castro, who moved 18 holes away from ruling the inaugural staging of the event hosted by the CAGC with a 209 aggregate that included back-to-back 69s.
Castro, a member of the national pool, gunned down three birdies but fumbled with four bogeys and a double bogey for a 36-35 and stayed unassailably ahead of the boys’ Championship Division.
Wong pooled a 218 while Kim Sang Jin limped with a 74 and slid to third at 221. Richnell Albano had a 233 after a 73 for fourth while Riggs Illescas carded a 74 for a 225 for fifth and Santino Gatmaytan also shot a 74 to join Pierre Ticzon, hobbling with a 76, at sixth at 230.
Harmie Constantino bogeyed the last hole and settled for an even par 68 as the national team mainstay assembled a 54-hole total of 200 that featured a solid three-under 65 in the first day in the girls’ side of the event, which offers a Red Jacket plus a one-year membership at CAGC and a round trip ticket to US for the Championship Division winners.
Meanwhile, Martin Alindogan shot 46 Molave points to seize a four-point lead over Zedi Lagman, who had 42, at the start of the Class A (15-18) competition of the event organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.
Joa Chim Yu fired 29 points to open a five-point lead over Andrei Gahol in Class B (13-14) while Zachary Castro took charge in Class C (11-12) with 42 points, 17 points clear of Theresa dela Paz, who scored a 25.
Dylan Castillo also took a big seven-point cushion in Class D (9-10) with a 40 with Gabie Rosca putting up a 33 and Mikhaella Constantino turning in a 22 followed by Hazel delos Santos (21) and Jody Castillo (20) while Jacob Taruc paced Class C (8-and-below) with a 39 for a six-point lead over Mikaela dela Paz, who carded a 33.