Hwang Min Jeong sets pace for women as three share lead in men's side of Philippine Amateur Open
Hwang Min Jeong looks to score her second win in the Philippines.

KOREA’S Hwang Min-jeong fired a 67 to set the pace in the women’s side, while three share the lead in the men’s competition on Thursday in the 2018 Philippine Amateur Open Championship at Riviera Golf and Country Club’s Couples course in Silang, Cavite.

Hwang stood four shots ahead of Lee Ji Hyeon.

Hwang, former winner of the Mt. Malarayat leg of the in the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, hit three straight birdies from No. 9 then knocked down two more on Nos. 14 and 17.

Lee suffered a double-bogey on No. 12 that negated her birdies on Nos. 10 and 16 for a 71.

Lois Go, last year’s winner of the Porter Cup, had three bogeys against two birdies on the back nine as she matched par 72, while Harmie Constantino was fourth with a 73.

Constantino, who won this event in 2016, got to four-under on a three-birdie string from No. 10 but she double-bogeyed No. 13, dropped a shot on the 15th then lost two strokes again on No. 16.

Last year’s runner-up Kim Hee Ji of Korea carded a 74 in a tie with Clare Legaspi while Mikha Fortuna turned in a 75 and reigning Philippine Ladies Amateur Open champion Bianca Pagdanganan limped with a 77 on a closing 40.

Luis Castro fired a 70 early, which was later matched by Aidric Chan and Paolo Wong.

The three were three shots ahead of Thailand’s Nopparat Panichphon, Rupert Zaragosa and Korea’s Tom Kim.

Singaporeans Edgar Oh and Donovan Lee also stayed in the hunt with 74s, while Weiwei Gao shot a 75 to tie Gen Nagai of Japan and Aniceto Mandanas in the tournament organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.

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