Cebu teen grabs lead with 72
By WAYLON GALVEZ
Manila, Philippines – After a three-over par to start the first two holes, Lloyd Jefferson Go made three birdies in the last 16 and carded an even-par 72 to grab the lead while others struggled in the 2014 Philippine Amateur Open Golf Championship yesterday at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.
The 18-year-old Go stumbled the first hole where he had a double bogey after getting into trouble with his bunker shots at the right side of the green. His problems continued in the next hole where he had a bogey.
However, as soon as he settled down, Go made his shots and racked up three birdies on 7, 13 and 15, sinking a difficult 40-foot putt. He saved par in the final three holes to keep the lead in the tournament presented by the MVP Sports Foundation.
Go, a native of Cebu, matched his first round evenpar for a 144.
“I’m having trouble with the bunkers, like for me there’s too much sand,” said Go, who was given a golfing scholarship last year from Seton Hall in the US. “I’m not used to it (bunker shots) that’s why I got stuck there twice.” “I said to myself, ‘I’m three over after two holes; three-over after 18 holes isn’t a bad score here’. So somehow I got lucky in some few holes, I made three birdies, said Go, who is eyeing his first title in the tournament organized by the National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP).
Go nearly had another birdie on the 16 when his bunker shot off a tricky lie hit the pin.
He hopes to sustain his good showing in today’s third round, saying: “I usually play well (opening round) but screw up every other day. But whatever happens, happens. My mindset for now is just low expectations.”
First round leader Jobim Carlos, who had a bogey-free 71 on Day 1 of the tournament, carded a 5-over 77 as he made five bogeys on 3, 6, 9, 11 and 18 as he struggled with his putting. He is now 4-over for the event with a score of 148.
Defending champion Jerome Ng, who trails Go by three shots, submitted a one-over 73 for 147.
“I don’t know, I had troubles with my putting, but overall I did fine,” said Carlos, a student at the University of San Francisco. “But it’s still possible, four down. Anything can still happen in the next two days of the tournament.”
Kim In Jae of Korea has been disqualified for signing a wrong score card. NGAP president Tommy Manotoc said they will talk to him today. He was supposed to be in fourth spot after firing an even-par 72 for a total of 149.
Gabriel Atienza matched his first round total of three-over par 75 for a 150, while tied for sixth are Singapore’s Abdul Hadi and local bet Justin Quiban with similar 151. Hadi had a 1-under par 71 in the second round while Quiban fired a two-over 74.
Singapore’s Johnson Poh and Marc Ong occupy eighth and ninth at 152 and 153, with Poh finishing the day with a 6-over 78 while Ong had a 4-over 76. At No. 10 is Rogelio Ramil Roque at 155 as he carded a 3-over par 75 in the tournament also backed by Pancake House, Golf Depot and Pacsports as part of the PLDT Group Amateur Tour.