IRA Alido fired an eagle-aided 69 in a topsy-turvy third round, keeping the top spot in the W Express RVF Cup Amateur Golf Championship at Canlubang Golf’s North course on Thursday in Laguna.
Alido highlighted his round with a solid 7-iron second shot from 170 yards that bounced once onto the green and into the cup of the par-4 No. 13. He stood at 210, two ahead of Rupert Zaragosa, who shot a 68.
Korea’s Kim Joo Hyung fired a 68 for a 214 total, while Cebu’s Weiwei Gao carded a 71 for 216.
Yuto Katsuragawa shot a second straight 70 and was seven shots behind at 217 in a tie with Jolo Magcalayo, who carded a 73.
Carl Corpus stood a shot farther back at 218 after a 73.
In women’s play, Korea’s Hwang Min-jeong fired a 70 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round as Harmie Constantino tumbled with a 76.
Hwang was at 216, while Constantino fumbled with four bogeys in a birdie-less stint, limping with a 76 and dropping to second at 220.
Yuka Saso finally rebounded from a 75 and 78 with a 69 but the reigning national champion stood six shots behind Hwang at 222, while Mikha Fortuna shot a 78 and dropped to fourth at 223.
Pauline Del Rosario carded a 73 for a 225, while TCC teammate Bernice Olivarez-Ilas turned in a 75 for a 227 in the event organized by the National Golf Association of the Philippines in honor of the late golf patron and former NGAP president Rod Feliciano and held as part of the PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour and backed by the MVP Sports Foundation, Cignal and Metro Pacific Investments.