LJ Go fires closing 62 at Splendido to top Philippine Golf Tour qualifying by nine strokes
LJ Go had rounds of 71-73-68-62 at Splendido.

FORMER national champion Lloyd Go closed out with a solid eagle-spiked 10-under 62 on Friday to top the 72-hole Philippine Golf Tour qualifying tournament by nine strokes at Splendido Taal Golf Club in Tagaytay.

Go, a former Seton Hall standout who shared the third round lead with Dino Villanueva, razed the up-and-down layout with four straight birdies to start his final round and continued sizzling play with birdies on Nos. 8 and 10, eagled No. 11, and hit birdies on the 13th and 16th holes.

With earlier rounds of 71, 73 and 68, the Cebuano ace, who won the 2014 Philippine Amateur Open at Wack Wack, pooled a 274 and led 49 other qualifiers to this year’s PGT season, which gets going on March 7 with the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Championship.

Villanueva carded a 71 for second spot at 283 while Elmer Saban placed third at 289 after a 74.

Anthony Fernando, also a former national champion, shot a 74 and shared fourth place at 290 with Randy Garalde, who also shot a 74.

Artemio Murakami, the youngest national champion at 16 in 1999 at Wack Wack, also secured his Tour card with a 68 as he ended up tied for sixth with Jelbert Gamolo, who hobbled with a 76, at 291.

Jama Reyes and Gene Villaruz, who shot identical 74s, and Angelo Anzuris, who shot a 79, wound up at 313 to clinch the last three of the 50 spots to the pro circuit sponsored by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

Others who made the grade were Ebarra Quiachon and Rolando Marabe Jr., who assembled 292s after identical 76s, Rey Pagunsan (72-295) and Robert Pactolerin (73-295), Marvin Dumandan (71-296) and recent National Doubles winner Tonlits Asistio (81-310).

The 72-hole qualifying for foreign players seeking PGT cards will be held on Feb. 20 to 23 also at Splendido, while the PGT Asia qualifying School is set April 4 to 7 at Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac.

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