LA Salle-Zobel’s Ira Alido fired a 71 to pad his lead to three over Jolo Magcalayo and Rupert Zaragosa in the second round of the W Express RVF Cup Amateur Golf Championship at Canlubang Golf’s North on Wednesday in Laguna.
Harmie Constantino took control in women’s play after firing a 69.
Alido birdied three of the last five holes as the 16-year-old Manila Southwoods mainstay posted a 141 aggregate, tightening his grip on the lead heading to the last 36 holes.
Magcalayo and Zaragosa stood at 144 after firing 73s, with the former settling for a one double-bogey-birdie card and the latter fumbling with three bogeys against two birdies.
Carl Corpus rallied with a 71 to move to joint fifth at 145 with Weiwei Gao, who shot a 74.
Korea’s Joo Hyung Kim shot the day’s best four-under 68, going bogey-free to get back into contention with a 146.
Yuto Katsuragawa, another Southwoods bet, rebounded from an opening 77 with a 70 but stood six shots behind Alido at 147 in a tie with Paolo Wong (76).
Alido, who struggled with three bogeys against two birdies at the back, appeared headed for an early foldup with back-to-back bogeys from No. 3 that negated his birdie on No. 2. But the 2016 Philippine Junior amateur champion came through with clutch shots and putts, birdying Nos. 5, 6 and 8 to stay on track for the crown.
Constantino, meanwhile, also leaned on late birdies to surge past erstwhile joint leaders Mikha Fortuna and Bernice Olivarez-Ilas. She stands one-stroke ahead in the distaff side of the 72-hole championship organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines and held in honor of the late golf patron and former NGAP president Rod Feliciano.
The former national champion hit birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 7 but had back-to-back bogeys to start he back nine. She recovered with birdies on Nos. 14 and 16 to complete a 69 and storm ahead at 144.
Fortuna threatened to pull away with three straight birdies from No. 2 but hit back-to-back bogeys from No. 16, enabling Constantino to move ahead. Despite her shaky finish, Fortuna remained within striking distance at 145 while Korean Hwang Min-jeong shot a 71 for a 146 total.
Pauline Del Rosario hardly recovered from a 78 with a 74 but moved to joint fourth with a faltering Ilas, who limped with a 78, at 152, while Yuka Saso, who started the round just one stroke off, shot a 78 and slid to sixth at 153 in the tournament held as part of the PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour and backed by the MVP Sports Foundation, Cignal and Metro Pacific Investments.