MICAH Shin fired a five-under par 65 for a two-stroke lead after the first round of the ICTSI Bacolod Golf Challenge on Wednesday at Bacolod Golf and Country Club.
The 19-year-old American golfer suffered back-to-back bogeys on his eighth and ninth holes but birdied No. 1 then hit four birdies in the last five holes.
The 19-year-old Shin is determined to do much better after missing the cut at Eagle Ridge and placed 40th at Forest Hills.
“I got mad at myself after I bogeyed the last two holes at the back. But my caddie told me to just relax and just play my game since there were still nine holes left,” said Shin, referring to Davao pro Elmer Saban.
Jay Bayron was in second At 67 with four birdies against a bogey on the back nine.
Orlan Sumcad hit three birdies but fumbling with two bogeys for a 69 and joint third with Johvanie Abaño, Zanieboy Gialon, Mars Pucay, Joenard Rates and Dutchman Guido Van der Valk.
Tony Lascuña shot a 70 for a share of ninth with Reymon Jaraula, Keanu Jahns, Jet Mathay, Marvin Dumandan and Cassius Casas.
“Just had a bad tee shot on No. 8. But overall, I had a good round. Despite five down, I like my chances,” said Lascuña.
Dumandan fumbled early and needed to birdie Nos. 15 and 17 to salvage an even par round.
Casas made a hole-in-one with a solid 6-iron shot on the 186-yard No. 8 to save a 70 in the P1.5 million ninth leg of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Pacsports, TaylorMade, Sharp and Champion.