MICAH Shin sizzled in calm conditions at the Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club on Thursday, firing a bogey-free 66 to wrest a two-stroke lead over Jay Bayron as the erstwhile joint leaders tumbled under pressure in the ICTSI Anvaya Cove Golf Invitational in Morong, Bataan.
“Honestly, I didn’t know it. It was my father who told me that I’m the new leader,” said the 18-year-old Shin, who
The 6-foot-1 Shin hit six birdies while saving pars in three times that he went out of regulation to set a the new mark at par-72, 7030-yard layout.
Anvaya Cove golf operation manager Steve McDonald confirmed no one has shot better since the course started operation two years ago.
Shin leads at seven-under 137 aggregate at the tight, rolling layout.
The long-hitting Bayron eagled the par 5, 554-yard No. 10 for the second straight day and went on to shoot a 69 for a 139 while fancied Tony Lacuna climbed to third at 140, also after a 69.
Angelo Que and Cassius Casas, the two other favorites for the top prize of P650,000 purse in the 72-hole championship organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, wheeled back into contention with 141s after a 67 and 68, respectively.
Orlan Sumcad a second straight 71 for solo sixth at 142, while Mars Pucay also made a 71 for a 143.
Miguel Tabuena, winner of the season opener at Splendido, shot a one-over 73 and was seven shots behind at 144 in a tie with Frankie Minoza and Rufino Bayron, who both shot 70s, and Korean Park Jun Hyeok, who also stumbled with a 73.
Zanie Boy Gialon and Nilo Salahog, who made a fast start of 69s to lead in the first round, tumbled down just as quickly with the former closing out with four straight birdies at the front for a 77-146 and the latter limping with five bogeys in a birdie-less frontside for a 41 and an 80-149.
Both, however, safely made it to the final 36 holes with 47 players making the cut at 153.
Ramil Bisera lost three balls but salvaged a 75 for a 152.
Notable casualties were Jhonnel Ababa (77-154), Dante Becierra (72-155), Hong (77-156), Anthony Fernando (76-158), Benjie Magada (78-160) and pro-am winner Ferdie Aunzo (87-163).
Shin is seeking a breakthrough on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour after a runner-up finish to Charles Hong at ICTSI Sherwood last year.
“I really didn’t know but I played really good. My irons and putter were simply good,” said Shin, who could’ve shot a 65 if not for a flubbed four-foot birdie putt on No. 10 which he reached in two.
Bayron, meanwhile, liked where he stood and vowed to make the most of his title chances in the P3.5 million event sponsored by ICTSI and serving as the fifth leg of the PGT.
“I’m good and I don’t see any problem with my game. But golf is so unpredictable and nothing is sure until the last putt,” said Bayron, trying to recall the form that netted him the 2010 ICTSI PGT Order ofMerit crown.