THAILAND’S Itthipat Buranatanyarat birdied the final hole to win the Asian Development Tour’s Sherwood Hills Classic by one stroke on Saturday at Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Cavite.
Orlan Sumcad hit a hole-in-one on No. 16 to grab the lead, sparking hopes for a breakthrough win for the Filipino shotmaker.
But it was Itthipat who came out triumphant after a day-long battle of shotmaking, clinching it with that delicate putt to crush Sumcad, who earlier missed his own birdie bid from 14 feet.
The 22-year-old Itthipat carded a closing 72 for a five-under 283 total, earning $10,500 for his first ADT win.
“I was really nervous out there and I was really trying hard to hang in there. I was struggling to make birdies after the turn and I was extremely thrilled when I finally made it on the last to win. I told myself to stay calm out there despite the pressure,” said Itthipat.
Itthipat’s victory completed a foreign players’ sweep of the two ADT events in the country after Malaysia’s Arie Irawan beat Miguel Tabuena by four at ICTSI Eagle Ridge last week.
Sumcad looked headed to redeeming the locals’ pride after scoring his second career ace on the 187-yard No. 16 to snatch a one-shot lead over Itthipat but made a second straight bogey on the next when he drove out of bounds then missed a 12 foot putt on the 18th.
He wound up with a 72 for solo second at 284 worth $6,900.
Casey O’Toole of the US charged from four shots back with a string of early birdies, took the lead on No. 12 only to yield it with a bogey on No. 14. He hit another bogey on the 18th to finish with a 70 for solo third at 285 worth $4,200.
Frankie Miñoza rebounded from a disastrous third round 77 with a 70 for joint fourth at 286 with Paul Harris, also of the US, who made a 71. Each bagged $3,000 in the event that also served as the fourth leg of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour.
ADT money list leader Hsieh Chi-hsien of Taiwan shot 72 and ended in solo sixth at 287, while Finland’s Janne Kaske fired a 69 for a share of seventh at 288 with Singapore’s Mitchell Slorach, who carded a 70.
Cassius Casas, one behind Itthipat at the start of the final round, fell behind with an opening double-bogey and a bogey on the third, limping with a 77 to drop to joint ninth at 289 with Japan’s Masaru Takahashi and Poosit Supupramai of Thailand, who both had 71s.