JUSTIN Quiban fired a one-under-par 71 to seal top-ranking on Tuesday and draw Gabriel Manotoc in the first round of the Philippine Amateur Match Play championship presented by the MVP Sports Foundation at the Orchard in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Coupled with a 69 on Monday, Quiban tallied 140 for the 36-hole classification phase.
Rupert Zaragosa, the champion three years ago, finished second after shooting a 70 for 144 and will clash with Ian Alido, the 31st seed, in the first round.
The comebacking Antonio Asistio finished third with a 149 and will battle Ira Alido even as former Junior Am champion Park Min-ung of Korea, who dropped to fourth after losing via a countback to Asistio, plays Larry Patnongon in the first round.
An interesting match-up in the morning is the one that will feature the veteran Eddie Bagtas against the up-and-coming Raymart Tolentino. Bagtas floundered with a second round 87 to place 25th in the event forming part of the PLDT Group Amateur Tour and backed by Pancake House, Golf Depot and Pacsports.
Tolentino is itching at redeeming himself from a final round collapse in the Junior Am two weeks ago that allowed Gen Nagai to win at Sherwood Hills.
Nagai, meanwhile, fired a 75 to finish sixth and seal a clash with Carlo Gatmaitan even as 13-14 World Junior champion Kristopher Arevalo was 10th and will play Ryan Monsalve for a place in the Final 16.
Pamela Mariano battles Korean expat Yang Ju-young in the first round of women’s play as the top two seeds – Bianca Pagdanganan and Daniela Uy – drew first round byes.
Pagdanganan matched par 72 for 151 with Uy shooting a second round 75 for 153.