SCORES continued to soar as Splendido Taal remained unforgiving and Belem Arancon held on as the leading local player after three rounds in the Philippine Golf Tour Qualifying School in Tagaytay.
A 76 on Thursday was enough for Arancon to firm up his bid for full playing rights in the PGT, his 224 aggregate good for fourth spot behind three foreign players.
The field was trimmed to 60 after two rounds and only the top 30 local and 10 foreign golfers after 72 holes will gain PGT cards.
Guido Van der Valk of the Netherlands shot a 71 for a 210 total, extending his lead to eight strokes.
Tomokazu Yoshinaga had a 70 for 218, the same total output of Toru Nakajima despite a four-over 76.
Amateurs Agustin Mata and Chris Mamaril scored 72 and 75, respectively, for joint fifth at 226 while another foreign entry, Phil Cho, carded a 73 to tie Paul Echavez and Jude Eustaquio, who both had 76s, at 227.
After scrambling to make the halfway cut, former Philippine Open champion Artemio Murakami scored a 74 to move to joint 24th at 233 heading to the final round of the 72-hole elims conducted by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
The PGT fires off next week at Sherwood.