LUIS Miguel Castro hobbled with a 75 but still wound up securing the top seeding in the Philippine Junior Amateur Match Play Golf Championship at Riviera’s Langer course on Tuesday in Cavite.
Harmie Constantino matched par 71 for the second straight time to take the top spot in the girls’ side.
Castro bogeyed the last two holes for a 37-38 but still topped the 36-hole stroke play elims in the boys’ division with a 149 for a clash with Matthew Abalos in Wednesday’s start of the knockout phase of the annual event for 17-and-under players.
Constantino dominated the girls’ side with a 142, seven strokes ahead of Tomi Arejola, who had a 149 after a 72. Constantino is looking to add to the Philippine Am Open match play crown she won last month.
Arejola rebounded from an opening 77 with a 72.
Carl Corpus, who took the men’s crown at Orchard last month, fumbled with a 78 but still finished right behind Castro with a 153 for a clash with Rald Sarmiento.
Vince Floro, Sarmiento and Abalos finished with similar 177s after an 85, 88 and 90, respectively, with Floro paired with No. 3 Paolo Wong in the knockout stage. Wong carded a 75 and pooled a 156 in the tournament organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.
Josh Jorge and Carlo Villaroman limped with 80s for 160 and 161, respectively, while Sean Ramos made a 78 for a 162 followed by Korean Kim Tae Soo (78-165), David Guangko (85-168), Pierre Ticzon (87-169) and Paolo Barro (84-172), respectively.