JOSH Jorge blew a fiery start with a faltering finish but seized the spotlight just the same with a one-over 73, while Harmie Constantino took her familiar role as leader at the start of the stroke play elims of the Philippine Amateur Open Match Play Golf Championships at the Orchard’s Players course on Monday in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Jorge, 15, came through with superb iron shots to set up a number of birdie chances, including three to on the front nine. But the Grade 11 student from Taguig backed by Team Luisita floundered coming home, hobbling with a 40 marred by a triple-bogey on the par-5 12th.
Still, he led the field in the first round of the 36-hole elims.
Carl Corpus, Don Padilla and defending champion Peter Tyler Po all carded 75s while Aniceto Mandanas shot a 76 and Luigi Guerrero and Aidric Chan came up with 77s.
Constantino, runner-up last year, birdied the last hole to save a 74 and post a four-stroke lead over Korean Kim Hui Won, who turned in a 78, as the other local bets struggled in hot condition and finished with soaring scores.
Sofia Legaspi and Rafaela Singson limped with 79s, Laia Barro and Mikha Fortuna skied to 80s and newly crown MVPSF Visayas Regional Match Play winner Angela Mangana groped for an 83 in a tie with Annika Guangko.
Korea’s Rho Hyun Ji turned in an 84 while young Laurea Duque made an 85 followed by Kim Seo Young (89), Kwon Taeyon (90) and Kristine Fleetwood (92).
Zach Castro, meanwhile, carded a 74 to pace the Special Division (12-years-old-and-below) in the event organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines. Vince Tiamsic struggled with an 80 and Santino Pineda made an 87 while Mikhaela Constantino shot a 92 to lead Koreans Kwon Min Seo (93) and Jeong Yeaheun (96) in the girls’ side of the event sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation.