CLYDE Mondilla had an eagle-aided eight-under 64, setting a new course record and taking a seven-stroke lead over Elmer Salvador and Jhonnel Ababa in the second round of the the ICTSI Calatagan Invitational on Thursday in Batangas.
Coming off a bogey-free opening round of 67, Mondilla stormed ahead early with an eagle on the par-5 opening hole then gunned down seven birdies against his lone bogey, on No. 5 at the Calatagan Golf Club.
“My driving, iron game and putting clicked which further boosted my confidence,” said Mondilla, who erased the previous course record 66 set by Ababa in a Philippine Golf Tour event in 2011.
Mondilla was at 13-under 131, seven shots ahead of Salvador, who had a second straight 69, and Ababa, added a 70 to his opening 68.
“I’m overwhelmed with my game and I hope to keep it going in the last two rounds,” said the 23-year-old Mondilla, seeking to become the first back-to-back winner this year after winning the Eastridge event two weeks ago.
Mondilla made eight long putts, including the eagle from two-pin length distance following a solid 3-iron tee shot and a superb 3-wood second shot.
Salvador had four birdies in 13 holes but dropped a stroke on the next.
Tony Lascuña missed at least four birdie chances, finishing with a 71 to stand eight shots adrift at 139.
Jay Bayron rebounded from a 73 with a 68 but is 10 shots behind at 141, while erstwhile co-leader Joenard Rates limped home with a 75 and tumbled to joint sixth at 142 with Japanese Syotaro Onuki, who shot a 70.
Fernando, Calatagan leg champion in 2012, failed to get going and carded a 72 to drop into joint eighth at 143 with Rufino Bayron (68) and Orlan Sumcad (69).
Reymon Jaraula had a dismal 80 after a 67.
“I feel good about my chances but I have to continue playing solid from tee to green in the last two rounds,” said Mondilla.
Forty four players made it to the final 36 holes with Anthony Fernando (72), Miguel Ochoa (75), Randy Garalde (76), and Japanese Kei Takahashi (78) and Yuta Sudo (82) making the cut at 152.