ORLAN Sumcad fired a bogey-free six-under 66 to move past fancied Tony Lascuña and Zanieboy Gialon in the second round of the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational at the Aoki layout in Gen. Trias Cavite.
The long-hitting Sumcad had four birdies on the back nine where he teed off then came out of the hour-long delay due to threat of lightning with two birdies in the last five holes.
“The key to this kind of condition is to keep the ball in play on the fairway. That gave me some advantage,” said the 42-year-old Sumcad, who overhauled a three-stroke deficit to wrest a one-stroke lead with a nine-under 135 total.
Lascuña and Gialon shot 70s to share second spot at 136, while Clyde Mondilla was at 138 after also carding a 70.
Jhonnel Ababa shot a 68 and was tied for fifth at 139 with Japan’s Ryoma Miki (69) and Marvin Dumandan (72).
Elmer Salvador shot a 68 and was six shots behind at 141 along with Mars Pucay (70), Justin Quiban (70) and Joenard Rates (71).
Forty players made the 36-hole cut at 148 with former leg winners Rufino Bayron (73) and Arnold Villacencio (74), Korean Park Min Ung (79), and Pedo Repato (74) and Rolando Marabe Jr. (79) barely advancing.
Korea’s Park Jun Song (75), Japanese Yuta Sudo (77), James Ryan Lam (76), Ferdie Aunzo (72), Art Arbole (76), Reymon Jaraula (77) and John Rey Pactolerin (71) fell short by one.
“I’m still happy to be just one back. Nobody has a clear edge here, not with the rain,” said Lascuña.
Mondilla, meanwhile, hopes to play steadier after a rollercoaster round of six birdies against four birdies in the P2 million championship sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc., and backed by Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Pacsports, TaylorMade, Sharp and Champion.
“It’s going to be a tough third round. But I have to shoot with precision, otherwise, I’d be left behind,” said the 23-year-old Mondilla, winner at Eastridge and Calatagan.