JAY Bayron fired a bogey-free 67 to extend his slim lead to two after Wednesday’s second round of the P1.5 million ICTSI Summit Point Classic at the Summit Point Golf and Country Club in Lipa, Batangas.
The 2012 Asian Development Tour top money earner had a chance to extend his lead further but missed birdie putts inside seven feet on the Nos. 5 and 9, both par-5s.
“I could’ve shot a lot better,” said Bayron.
After an opening 65, Bayron threatened to pull away on a hot, humid day, firing a second straight 32 at the back. But after a tap-in birdie on No. 3 for a five-under card, he settled for a run of pars for that 67.
He stood at 12-under 132, two shots ahead of Elmer Salvador and Korean Park Jun Hyeok.
Salvador had seven birdies for a 65 and a 134, matching Korea’s Park Jun Hyeok, who firmed up his own breakthrough bid in the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. with a second straight 67.
Four shots off Bayron at the start of the day, Salvador birdied two of the first three holes at the back, strung up three straight from No. 15 and closed out with back-to-back birdies from No. 7.
“Jay is also playing solid so I think I need to shoot lower than what I did today (yesterday( to catch up,” said the soft-spoken Salvador, looking for a follow-up to his ICTSI Riviera Classic romp last June.
Jhonnel Ababa and Orlan Sumcad fired identical 68s and remained tied at 135, while Tony Lascuña also shot a bogey-free round of 68 for solo sixth at 137, five shots off the pace.
Jay’s brother Rufino added a 70 to his opening 68 to drop to joint seventh at 138 with Cassius Casas, who shot a 68, and Miguel Tabuena, who fought back with a 67 after a 71.
Arnold Villacencio rallied with four birdies in the last five holes to shoot a 66 for a six-under total in the tournament backed by Custom Clubmakers, Titleist, NikeGolf, Pacsports, Callaway, Srixon, KZG, Sharp and FootJoy.
Rico Depilo and Keanu Jahns, joint second at the start of the day after opening 66s, fumbled with identical 73s and slipped to joint 11th at 139 with Clyde Mondilla, who carded a 69.
Twenty nine others made the cut pegged at 146 with Albin Engino rallying with a 71 to tie Koreans Anthony Kim (72) and Woo Seong Bin (72), Tonlits Asistio (74), Kevin Tayao (74), Miguel Ochoa (74), Randy Garalde (75), Jan Tambogon (75) and Jet Mathay (75).
Charles Hong, who upstaged a stellar field to rule the Luisita Championship last May, hobbled with a 77 and failed to advance at 150.