ANGELO Que stood three strokes ahead despite a bogey finish, firing a four-under 68 in the second round of the ICTSI Classic on Thursday at Mt. Malarayat in Lipa, Batangas.
The former Philippine Open champion hit three birdies to close out the Mt. Makulot side then sank three more birdies on the Mt. Lobo side.
Que pooled an 11-under 133, while Clyde Mondilla, who started the day tied for the lead, fired a 71 for a share of second spot at 136 with Australia’s Nathan Park, who shot a second straight 68.
“I’m good and will play the same game – hit the fairways and greens and make the most of my birdie opportunities,” said Que, who missed making it a four-stroke lead on a missed green mishap on the ninth.
“I struggled with my driver that’s why I didn’t have too many birdie chances. But it’s okay, I’ll just try to make for this tomorrow (today),” said Mondilla, who opened with a birdie on No. 10 but fumbled with three bogeys on Nos. 12, 13 and 16 before holing out with a second straight birdie on No. 18.
Mondilla dropped another stroke on No. 3 but wheeled back into contention with birdies on Nos. 6, 7 and 9.
Joenard Rates, out to snap a three-year title slump, and Jerson Balasabas, seeking a breakthrough win in the circuit sponsored by ICTSI, shot identical 70s and remained tied at 139, same as the total scores of Omar Dungca (65) and Jun Bernis (66).
Veteran Jay Bayron, priming up for his defense of the Aboitiz Invitational crown next month, also struck back with a 67 after a 73 while James Ryan Lam put in a bogey-free tournament-best eight-under 64 after a 76 to force a six-way tie at eighth at 140 with Kris Etter (69), Benjie Magada (71), Orlan Sumcad (69) and Manila-based Dutchman Guido Van der Valk (67).
Jhonnel Ababa carded a 71 for joint 14th with Albin Engino, who rallied with a 66 in the 72-hole championship organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.