JUSTIN Quiban and Moulay Rhounimi recovered from a slow start to score a two-under 70 to take the lead at the start of the ICTSI National Pro-am Open on Tuesday at the Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa, Batangas.
Quiban and Rhounimi had a 37 on the Mt. Lobo but birdied Nos. 11, 13 and 14 at Mt. Malipunyo. They recovered from a bogey on the par-3 No. 15 with a birdie on the par-5 17th
Benjie Magada and Carlo Quimson got to two-under after 14 holes but bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16 while Tonton Asistio and Jude Eustaquio bogeyed their final two holes, leaving Quiban and Rhounimi on top of the 117-team field in the P2 million tournament using the foursomes (alternate shot) format.
Richard Abaring and JC Alba birdied the last two holes at Mt. Lobo to grab solo second at 71 while the Magada-Quimzon, Asistio-Eustaquio, Reymon Jaraula-Noel Langamin, and Paul Echavez- Hidenobu Hirooka tandems wound up joint third with even 72s in the 54-hole championship sponsored by ICTSI offering P360,000 to the pro champion and a trophy and other prizes to the winning amateur.
Dante Becierra and Elee Becierra turned in a 73 for joint seventh with Raymund Gonzales and Iñigo Raymundo, while Jelbert Gamolo and Jolo Magcalayo had a 74 for a share of ninth with James Ryan Lam-Paolo Olives, Leonardo Estrera-BJ Cadayong, Mhark Fernando-Nico Sevilla, and Ramil Bisera-J. Quibol.
Clyde Mondilla, top money earner this year on the Philippine Golf Tour, and his partner Dongbin Seo limped with a 77 for joint 29th with 10 other pairs.
Pauline del Rosario and Annyka Cayabyab fought back from a 41 start with back-to-back birdies from No. 13 but the duo still stood five strokes behind the leaders with a 75 in a tie with Carito Villaroman-Carlo Villaroman, Elmer Saban-Paolo Wong, J. Suarez-J. Reyes, Nilo Salahog-J. Brage, and R. Candinato-CJ Remata pairs.
After 36 holes, the top 40 teams from a starting field of 117 will advance to the final round of the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Champion, Summit Mineral Water, K&G Golf Apparel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT and M.Y. Shokai Technology, Inc.