Castro romps to 6-shot Agui Open win


Luis Castro turned in his worst round in four days—a four-over 72—but still won by six over Paolo Wong as he dominated the Aguinaldo Junior Open Championship at the Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club (CAGC) in Quezon City on Thursday.

Castro, who rode on back-to-back 69s to take control halfway through the 72-hold event, gunned down three birdies but made five bogeys and a double-bogey to close out with a 37-35 card for a nine-over 281 aggregate at the par-68 military layout.

Wong, who moved to second in the third round but fell nine shots off Castro, tried to give chase with a birdie opening but stumbled with a double-bogey on No. 4 and ended up with a 69 for runner-up honors at 287 while Kim Sang Jin placed a distant third at 294 after a 73.

Pierre Ticzon shot a 71 and wound up fourth at 301, Riggs Illescas skied to a 77 and placed fifth at 302 while Richnell Albano faded with an 80 and tumbled to sixth at 303.

Rounding out the Top 10 in the inaugural event hosted by CAGC and organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines are Matthew Abalos (77-309), Joaquin Velez (79-312), Santino Gatmaytan (83-313) and Rald Sarmiento (78-316).

Harmie Constantino also ran away with the girls’ crown in the Championship Division with a two-over 70 for 270 as she and Castro won the Red Jacket, a one-year membership at CAGC and a round trip ticket to US for their feats.

Meanwhile, Martin Alindogan scored 47 Molave points for a 93 as he took the Class A (15-18) crown with a 93, seven points up on Zedi Lagman, who pooled an 86 after a 44.

Other division winners were Joa Chim Yu (Class B), Zachary Castro (Class C), Dylan Castillo (Class D) and Jacob Taruc (Class E).

Yu shot a 32 for a 61 and beat Andrei Gahol, who had a 24 for 48 points, by 13; Castro assembled a 47 for an 89, Castillo finished with an 84 after a 44 while Taruc pooled a 79 after a 40.


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