JED Dy grabbed a share of the lead in the boys 9-10 age group with a two-under-par 60 in the penultimate round of the 47th Callaway Junior World golf championships on Wednesday in San Diego, California (Thursday, Manila time).
The 10-year-old Dy, winner of the 7-8 age bracket two years ago, battled the tough conditions with bold plays at the Lawrence Welk Resort Foundatin course and capped his round by sinking a five-foot birdie on the 18th hole that earned him a three-way tie for the lead with first day leader Ken Shibata of Japan and Hawaii's Joshua Hayoshida.
Shibata, leading Jed by six at the start of the day, soared to a 66 while Hayoshida rallied with a 58 to also put themselves in front.
While Daniella Uy and Miya Legaspi stayed in top 10 in the girls 15-17 years play at Torrey Pines North.
Uy fired a three-under 69 for a 140 total for fifth place, five shots off the Thai leader, who shot a 66.
Legaspi carded a 71 for 141 and solo ninth place.
Yuka Saso and Harmie Constantino were third and fourth, respectively, in girls 13-14 at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo but were just too far behind the runaway leader from Thailand who is on a record-breaking spree.
Saso added a 68 to her 70 for 138 while Constantino improved slightly with a 69 for 139. When those scores could have been good enough to put them close to the leader, it was not the case as Papangkorn Tavatanakit of Thailand came through with an eye-popping 12-under 60 for a 19-under total of 125.
“We’re hoping for the best tomorrow, Jed is familiar with championship pressure so he'll be fine,” said Dy's coach Mike Cedo.
Dy, an incoming fifth grader at the Chinese International School Manila, showed resilience when he recovered from an early bogey on the fourth hole with back-to-back birdies on the seventh from 30 feet and eighth from three feet. He got to two under with a tap-in birdie on the 12th but gave it back when he missed a short two-foot sidehill, downhill putt from two feet on the 12th.
Carl Jano Corpus, in second place after the first round, had a 76 for 144 total, eight shots behind the leader.