HWANG Min-jeong all but wrapped up the women’s crown with a 68 in the third round of the 2018 Philippine Amateur Open Championship at Riviera Golf and Country Club’s Couples on Saturday in Silang, Cavite.
Hwang came through with a fiery windup, birdying Nos. 16 and 17.
At 204, the young Korean, seventh last year and a one-time winner in the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, stands 11 strokes ahead.
Cebu’s Lois Kaye Go finally broke par with a 70 for a 215 total.
Lee Ji Hyeon of Korea shot a 73 for third at 221, while last year’s runner-up Kim Hee Ji fired an 81 for a 223.
Clare Legaspi shot a 72 for a 227 aggregate, followed by Mikha Fortuna (78-229) and 2016 champion Harmie Constantino (79-229), Thai Tunrada Piddon (73-232), reigning Philippine Ladies Open champion Bianca Pagdanganan (80-233) and Sofia Legaspi (74-236).
Tom Kim shot a 71 and still hiked his lead to four over Rupert Zaragosa in men’s play.
Kim, runner-up to Sadom Kaewkanjana of Thailand last year, got to three under with four holes to go but fumbled with bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 for a three-day output of 212.
Zaragosa shot a 72 for 216, while
Luis Castro also matched par 72 and was at 217.
Cebu’s Weiwei Gao carded a 73 for a 219 total in the tournament organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines, sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation and backed by One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites.