GAB Manotoc birdied the last hole to save a two-over 70 while Lester Lagman carded a 71 to take the lead after the second day of the National Doubles Amateur Golf Championship at Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club in Quezon City.
Manotoc and Lagman’s 141 in aggregate play put them one ahead at 203 after a 62 in the opening four-ball.
Manotoc hit just two birdies against four bogeys in a windy day at the par-68 layout while Lagman got to two under after four holes but suffered three bogeys in the next five then dropped two more strokes late in the round.
Paolo Wong and Don Petil came up with a 143 for a 204 for second spot, while erstwhile frontrunner Ryan Monsalve and Lanz Uy had a 146 and slipped to third at 205.
The rest stood too far behind to contend for the crown heading to the deciding two-ball format of the three-day season-ending tournament organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines and sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation.
Rupert Zaragosa bucked tough pin placements and gunned down five birdies against two bogeys as he fired a tournament-best three-under 65 but teammate Adrian Romero limped with an 81 as they pooled a 146 for a 210, seven strokes off the pace.
Dan Cruz and Luigi Guerrero both shot 74s, their 148 giving them a two-day total of 214. Carlo Quimson and Aniceto Mandanas turned in a 73 and 77, respectively, for a 150 and a 216.
Gabby Malaguim shot 74 and Ivan Monsalve had a 75 for a 149 and a 219 total, while Clare Legaspi sizzled with a two-under 66 but drew an 82 from teammate Felicia Medalla as they scored a 148 for a 214 in the PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour event.