THAILAND’s Itthipat Buranatanyarat used a strong start to storm past Frankie Miñoza then played steady in the closing holes with clutch pars to save a two-under 70 and take a one-stroke lead over Cassius Casas and Orlan Sumcad in Friday’s third round of the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic at Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Cavite.
Itthipat, the 2012 Thailand Amateur Open champion hit three birdies in the first nine holes, while overnight leader Miñoza faded with early bogeys.
The Thai shotmaker suffered back-to-back bogeys from No. 11 but regained a one-shot lead with a birdie on No. 13.
The former Thailand national team mainstay who turns 22 next month enters the final round at five-under 211.
Miñoza shot a second-round 68, had a bogey-riddled first nine and wound up carding a 77 for a 216, five shots off the pace.
Casas moved to four under with a four-foot birdie putt on No. 15 but three-putted the next hole.
Sumcad, who also shared the lead at No. 16, missed the green on the next and made a bogey for a second straight 71.
“It will be a question of putting although the wind will also be a big factor,” said Casas, still in search of the form that netted him two victories last year. “But I’m ready and I hope to do well tomorrow.”
The long-hitting Sumcad is also confident he can fight back after a shaky finish.
“I was lucky to make birdies in the wind in the early going that’s why I still finished at one-under despite my bogeys on Nos. 11 and 17. I just hope to get the breaks tomorrow,” said the soft-spoken Sumcad, who missed the cut in last week’s ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational, the first of the two-week ADT swing co-organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Opening round co-leader Paul Harris of the US bounced back from a second round 75 with a 72 but stood four shots behind Itthipat at 215 in a tie with Rey Pagunsan and Casey O’Toole of the US, who both shot the day’s best 69. Germany’s Arwed Fischer was also at 215 after carding a 70, as well as Taiwanese Hsieh Chi-hsien, who had a 74.
Australia’s Darren Tan and Thailand’s Chanat Sakulpolphaisan turned in identical 72s to join Miñoza in ninth place, while three-time ADT winner Elmer Salvador finally broke par with a 70 for a 217 in a tie with Australia’s Kevin Marques and American Josh Salah, who hobbled with similar 73s.
Anthony Fernando had a 77 and dropped from joint second to a share of 15th at 218 with Arnold Villacencio, who matched par 72, American Yoon Sejun, who made a 73, and Rico Depilo, Singapore’s Mitchell Slorach, Japanese Masaru Takahashi and Supupramai, who all had 77s in the Asian Development Tour event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.