PAUL Harris of the US and Thailand’s Poosit Supupramai shot 68s on Wednesday to share the lead after one round of the $60,000 ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic at Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Cavite.
Harris, looking to bounce back after missing the cut at Eagle Ridge last week, actually had a chance to take the outright lead but bogeyed No. 9, his final hole.
That dropped him to a tie with Supupramai, who hit three birdies on the front and three more at the back to negate his bogeys on Nos. 11 and 17.
They stand one stroke ahead of Thailand’s Thammanoon Sriroj, Josh Salah of the US and Japan’s Masaru Takahashi.
Sriroj birdied two of the last four holes to fire a 35-34, Salah missed joining Harris and Supupramai on top with a bogey on the ninth, while Takahashi rallied with three birdies in the last four holes.
Arnold Villacencio fired a 70 to join ADT money list leader Hsieh Chi-hsien of Taiwan, Australia’s Kevin Marques, Singapore’s Mitchell Slorach and local bets Orlan Sumcad and Nelson Huerva in joint sixth in the 72-hole championship sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Charles Hong, winner of the Philippine Golf Tour’s Sherwood leg last year, hit two birdies in the last six holes to salvage a two-over 74 and stay above the cutoff line.
Cassius Casas, winner of two local events last year, and Frankie Minoza, seeking a first big win in a long while, carded identical 71s to join six others in 12th spot, including Taiwan’s Tommy Mu, Kiwi Campbell Rawson and Darren Tan, Englishman Nick Redfern and Rey Pagunsan and Ric Depilo.
Hsieh had a rollercoaster round of five birdies against three bogeys but put himself in early contention in the eighth leg of the ADT and fourth on the PGT.
The 24-year-old Harris, who placed joint 23rd at ADT Sime Darby and Johor Championships, took charge with birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 before holing out with back-to-back birdies. He went five-under with a birdie on No. 1 but yielded the stroke with a bogey on the seventh before birdying the par-5 No. 8 to go five-under again only to drop another shot on the ninth.
Supupramai, who placed fifth at Eagle Ridge, surged ahead in a separate flight at the front, putting in a solid 33. He bogeyed No. 11 but gunned down three birdies in the next four holes to storm in front with a five-under card. But like Harris, he faltered with a bogey on No. 17 to settle for that 68.
Twelve players matched par 72, including Jhonnel Ababa, Anthony Fernando, Rene Menor, Edward Reyes, Gerald Rosales, Richard Sinfuego, Thais Itthipat Buranatanyarat and Chanat Sakulpolphaisan, Taiwanese Wang Cheng-chi, Korean Lee Gyeongjun and Americans Yoon Sejun and Greg Moss.