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    Mark Lu ousts two top 10 players to set up duel with No. 1 seed Rupert Zaragosa in Match Play quarters

    Apr 27, 2016

    MARK Lu and Japan’s Takuya Kawamura scored huge upset wins on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the 2016 Philippine Amateur Open Match Play Championship at the Orchard Golf and Country Club in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

    Top seed Rupert Zaragosa and No. 2 Tom Kim of Korea also scored expected two-win feats in the day but the No. 25 Lu and No. 29 Kawamura grabbed a share of the spotlight.

    Lu surprised No. 8 Lanz Uy, 1-up, in the morning duel then defeated No. 9 Jay-R Salahog, 1-up.

    Kawamura dominated club bet and No. 4 Ace Stehmeier, 4 and 3, in the first round of the knockout phase then tripped No. 13 Ricar Candinato, 3 and 2.

    Lu set up a showdown with Zaragosa, who rolled past Eric Gallardo, 5 and 3, before downing Ira Alido, 2&1.

    Kawamura will battle No. 5 Luigi Guerrero, who beat Brixton Aw, 3 and 2, and nipped Rolando Pila, 2-up.

    Kim, winner of the Philippine junior stroke play crown two weeks ago, clobbered Marc Corrales, 6 and 5, then beat John Jun, 2-up.

    The 15-year-old Korean will take on veteran campaigner Noel Langamin for a spot in the semis.

    The 10th-ranked Langamin posted a pair of 3 and 2 victories over Bobby Celestino and seventh seed Jelbert Gamolo.

    Japan’s Yuto Katsuragawa overpowered Airon Sorino, 4 and 2, before downing Joseph Orbito, 3 and 2, to seal a quarterfinal duel with Don Petil, who routed Inigo Raymundo, 4 and 3, and stopped giant killer GJ Katigbak, 4 and 3.

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