CLYDE Mondilla checked late skid while Angelo Que sizzled at the finish as they fired seven-under 65s on Wednesday to set the pace in the ICTSI Classic at the Mt. Malarayat’s composite course in Lipa City, Batangas.
The two Filipinos stood three strokes over Australia’s Nathan Park.
Mondilla blew a two-eagle spiked eight-under card after 13 holes with back-to-back bogeys from No. 14 but birdied the par-5 18th of Mt. Lobo to join Que, who closed out with birdie-eagle.
Park bucked a mediocre 36 start at the back with four birdies at Mt. Makulot, his 68 netting him solo third while seven others carded 69s.
Frankie Miñoza rebounded from a bogey on No. 17 with a last-hole eagle to match Randy Garalde, Jerson Balasabas, Nelson Huerva, Benjie Magada, Joenard Rates and Elmer Salvador at three under.
Tony Lascuña, eyeing a third title this year, finished bogey-par-birdie for a 70 in a tie with Jhonnel Ababa, who also eagled the 514-yard 18th.
Peter Stojanovski of Macedonia survived a roller-coaster round and finished with a 71, joining Orlan Sumcad, Arnold Villacencio, Kris Etter, Rene Menor and Rey Pagunsan at 13th while rookie pro Ira Alido also eagled No. 18 to save a 72 for joint 19th with Erwin Arcillas, Reymon Jaraula, Godofredo Sinfuego and Korean Lee Ho Youn.
While Que pressed his bid early in overcast skies with a cluster of birdies, Mondilla turned up the heat midway through his round, going eight-under in a seven-hole stretch from No. 7.
The Southwoods and Philippine Masters champion started his charge with a 16-foot eagle, birdied Nos. 8 and 9 from close range, gunned down two more birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 inside six feet then rolled in another eagle putt from eight feet on the next.
“I got a good short game and hardly made errors up to No. 13,” said the Del Monte ace.
But just when he looked ready to shatter the 10-under 62 posted by Australia’s Jason Dawes during the 2005 Philippine Open, Mondilla drove into the trees on the par-4 14th, played out of a stymied lie, pitched from 30 yards and two putted for bogey then hit an errant drive again on the next, overshot the green and missed a pin-length putt for par.
Que flashing a near-impeccable game that featured four birdies at the front, including three straight from No. 6. He birdied No. 10, dropped a stroke on the next but holed out with a birdie from five feet and an eagle off a solid 8-iron second shot from 172 yards to within 15 feet.
“I hit it pretty solid and I hope I can sustain it,” said Que, the Japan PGA Tour-based ace who dominated the Anvaya Cove Invitational in Bataan last February, who also looked headed to grabbing the solo lead before Mondilla birdied the 18th and forced a tie at seven-under in the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.