ANGELO Que fired a 69 to take the top spot from Toru Nakajima, who carded a second-round 72 in the ICTSI Anvaya Cove Invitational in Morong, Bataan.
Que and Nakajima fumbled at the finish, but still wound up well clear of the rest of the field at wind-raked Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club.
Que birdied five of the first 11 holes to surge ahead but hit a wayward shot on the par-4 17th and made a double-bogey for a five-under 139 total.
Nakajima also appeared headed for another bogey-free round with two birdies after 10 holes, but wavered with bogeys on Nos. 14 and 18 and settled for a 72 and a 140 aggregate.
Albin Engino and American Nicolas Paez carded identical 71s for joint third at 147, seven shots off Nakajima.
Tony Lascuña carded a 69 after an opening 84 for a 153 to make the cut set at 12-over 156.
Unheralded Omar Dungca sizzled with a five-under 67 to recover from his opening 81, moving him to joint fifth at 148 with John Jackson of the US, who shot a 71.
Erwin Arcillas also rebounded with a 72 for a 149 while Frankie Miñoza carded a 73 to tie Jay Bayron (75) and Japanese Syotaro Onuki (72) at 150 in the tournament offering a top prize of P650,000.
Elmer Salvador (74), Orlan Sumcad (75), Joenard Rates (73), Jun Bernis (71) and Rufino Bayron (70) all tied at 151 in the kickoff leg of this year’s circuit backed by KZG, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers, TaylorMade, Sharp, Champion, Summit Mineral Water, Event Captain, Ping and Pioneer Insurance.
Cassius Casas, who barely made the cut with a 77 and a 156 in a tie with Randy Garalde (77), Pedo Repato (75), Shota Fukuhara of Japan (76), Korean Chun Seung Hee (76) and Clyde Mondilla (76).
Missing the cut were Robert Pactolerin (77-157), Mars Pucay (80-158), Dutch Guido Van der Valk (77-159), Jobim Carlos (78-162) and Charles Hong (79-163).