GUIDO Van der Valk fired a new course record eight-under 64 for a one-stroke lead in the econd round of the ICTSI Pradera Verde Classic on Thursday in Lubao, Pampanga.
The Manila-based Dutchman highlighted his round with pitch-in eagle on No. 10, rising from 35th at the start of the day to the top spot at 138.
Filipino-German Keanu Jahns and Thailand’s Tawit Polthai share second spot at 139.
Van der Valk recorded a new course mark just a day after Andreas Gronkvist set it 66. The Swede lost his touch in hot, blustery condition and hobbled with a 74, dropping to third with Mars Pucay and Thai Namchok Tantipokhakul at 140 with 36 holes left in the $100,000 event serving as the eighth leg of the second season of the Philippine Golf Tour Asia put up by ICTSI.
“I played really good. Everything’s in place, especially my irons and putting,” said Van der Valk, who hit a 58-degree wedge from 60 yards into the cup on the par-4 No. 10.
Jahns was at five-under after 14 holes but bogeyed Nos. 6 and 7 on his way home and settled for a 69 and a 139, which Polthai matched with an eagle-spiked 66.
Pucay, seeking to snap a long title drought, turned in a second 70 while Tantipokhakul firmed up Thailand’s drive for a breakthrough PGT Asia victory with a 68.
“I struggled with my putting and couldn’t handle my game the way I did yesterday,” said Gronkvist.
Jhonnel Ababa, who launched his bid for a fourth PGTA diadem with a 68, fumbled with a 73 for a 141 and a tie with Clyde Mondilla (70), Sam Gillis of the US (69) and Thai Piya Swangarunporn, who started the day just one shot behind Gronkvist but limped with a 74 and dropped to joint seventh.
Fifty-five players advanced to the last two rounds, including Omar Dungca (77), Anthony Fernando (76), Rolando Marabe Jr. (77), Thai Puk Pradittan (74), Niclo Salahog (72) and Orlan Sumcad (75).
Out of the chase are Philippine Masters titlist Jerson Balasabas (75-151), PGTA Orchard leg winner Damien Jordan of Australia (77-151) and PGTA CAT Open winner James Ryan Lam (80-156).