NATIONAL team member Justin Quiban shot a three-under-par 69 on Monday to lead the classification phase of the 2014 Philippine Amateur Match Play championship at the Orchard in Dasmarinas, Cavite.
Quiban was the only one to break par on a tough day at the Palmer layout of the Orchard, with Lanz Uy shooting a 73 to take second spot and former champion Rupert Zaragosa assembling a 74 for third spot place.
Pamela Mariano set the pace in the women’s division with a 77, with the multi-titled Daniela Uy a shot back and Bianca Pagdanganan firing a 79.
The second and final stroke play round will be played Tuesday, with the top 32 men and top 16 women advancing to the match play proper.
Park Min-ung, the Korean expat who won the Philippine Junior Amateurs last year, fired a 75 to match Tonlits Asistio.
Yuuto Katsarugawa of Japan, Niko Santiano and Eddie Bagtas shot 76s.
Gen Nagai, the Japanese player who won the boys’ national title two weeks ago at Sherwood in Cavite, fired a 77 to join a group that included 13-14 age-group world champion Kristopher Arevalo and Orchard General Manager Raymund Sangil.
Raymart Tolentino was tied for 16th with JP De Claro and Ian Arcilla at 79.
Gabriel Manotoc, another national pool member, assembled an 80.
King Stehmeier, leader of the Orchard squad that won the Interclub tournament in February, shot an 81 in the PLDT Group Amateur Tour event presented by the MVP Sports Foundation and backed by Pancake House, Golf Depot and Pacsports.