DANNY Masrin fired a four-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead over Jun Bernis and two others at the start of the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic on Wednesday in Trece Martirez, Cavite.
The 22-year-old Masrin, an Indonesian-American, birdied the opening hole and gunned down three more in the next 10 holes to seize early control. He stumbled with a bogey on the tough No. 5 but hit a superb iron shot to within six feet for another birdie on the seventh.
“The wind was strong and the condition was humid. It was a pretty good round with this kind of condition,” said Masrin, who finished joint 42nd place last week at Manila Southwoods.
“I had no problem with my game. Everything is in place – putting, iron and short game complemented with each other. The greens are in perfect condition designed for this tournament,” said Masrin, a graduate of business management at Bradley University in Illinois.
Bernis hit eagle on No. 5 but slipped with back-to-back bogeys from No. 13 before a birdie on the closing hole for a 70.
Michael Bibat recovered from back-to-back bogeys from No. 2 by hitting three birdies in the next four holes. He birdied the last hole to join Bernis and Australia’s Gavin Fairfax.
Jay Bayron opened with an eagle on the par-5 15th but went bogey-birdie-double bogey in the next three and wound up with a 71, tied with Randy Garalde, Swede Oscar Zetterwall, Finland’s Janne Kaske, Japanese Akihiko Hashizume and Rico Depilo in the event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and co-organized by ADT and Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Yuka Sudo of Japan shot a 72, which was matched by Samuel Chien, Paul Harris and Jarin Todd of the US, and locals Marvin Dumandan and James Ryan Lam in in the $60,000 event backed by Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Sharp, Summit, Srixon, Pacsports, TaylorMade and Champion.
Tony Lascuna, joint 30th at Southwoods, still failed to find his rhythm and shot a 73.
“I couldn’t do right out there. The wind was strong right on the first hole but given this condition, it was a good score,” said Lascuna.