KIM In Jae held off an early challenge by Rupert Zaragosa and coasted to a three-stroke victory even as Dottie Ardina stormed to an eight-shot romp in the ladies side with a 68 to top the 13th Canlubang Amateur Open on Friday.
Kim saw his second round six-shot lead reduced to four after Zaragosa made a par-birdie start but the Korean ace from Eagle Ridge settled down with his par-game and held sway the rest of the way.
The champ cruised to victory despite a closing 38 for a two-over 74. The Korean wound up with a 214, beating Zaragosa, who shot a 71, by three in the 54-hole championship division at the North course of the Canlubang Golf and Country Club in Laguna.
Zaragosa, the former national and junior champion, nipped fellow club bet Joey Huerve, who also had a 71, in the countback for runner-up honors after both ended up with scores of 217.
Unlike Kim, Ardina hardly encountered trouble in capturing the ladies crown disputed over 36 holes as she strung up 35-33 to blast the field and add the title to her Taiwan Amateur plum she won two weeks ago.
The top ICTSI-The Country Club bet, who set the tone of the rout with a 67 Thursday, finished with a 135, eight shots ahead of teammate Princess Superal, who carded a 71 for a 143.
Bianca Pagdanganan rallied with a 70 to snatch third place at 146.