AIDRIC Chan and Ira Alido had a birdie-eagle finish to a bogey-free 62 for a one-stroke lead over Ryan Monsalve and Lanz Uy after the first round of the 5th National Doubles Amateur Golf Championship on Sunday at Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club in Quezon City.
The Chan-Alido tandem battled back from two strokes behind Monsalve and Uy, making birdie on the par-3 17th and closing out with an eagle in four-ball.
Monsalve and Uy birdied the first two holes at the back but stumbled with a bogey on the 17th and needed to birdie the 18th to card a 63.
Jobim Carlos, who with Raymundo Gonzales ruled the inaugural staging of this event at the AFP Golf Club in 2011, is seeing action with Inigo Raymundo this time.
Carlos-Raymundo carded a 64, while Jama Reyes and Tom Kim put in a 65.
Tommy Manotoc and son Gabriel carded a 66 for sixth spot, while Raymart Tolentino and Carlo Villaroman shot a 67 in a tie with Matthew Abalos and Don Petil.
Defending champion Rupert Zaragosa and new partner Joey Magcalayo gunned down six birdies but fumbled with the same number of bogeys, including on Nos. 1 and 18 for joint ninth at 68 with Jolo Magcalayo and former pro Eddie Bagtas in the centerpiece Group I.
Meanwhile, Jun Bautista and Inigo Bilbao assembled a 69 to share the Group II lead with Tony Olives and Rene Unson. The Jeff Razon-Chester Calpotura and Vic Se-Raffy Sempio tandems carding 73 and 74, respectively.
Marvi Monsalve and Dania Uy combined for a 66 to take the early lead in Group III with Kristine Torralba and Ashia Nocum pooling a 74.
Play shifts to aggregate format on Monday with the final round to be played under the two-ball foursome of alternate shot format.
Chan and Alido hit three birdies at the front of the short but challenging layout, while Monsalve and Uy matched that feat with three straight birdies from No. 4 and Carlos and Raymundo joined them at the helm with a birdie on the ninth.
Monsalve and Uy threatened to pull away with a strong start at the back but after a slew of regulation pars marred by two flubbed birdie putts, they fumbled on the 17th, enabling Chan and Alido to surge ahead in the final National Golf Association of the Philippines event for the season held under the PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour and sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation, Smart, PLDT and Metro Pacific Investment Corp.