VETERAN campaigners AR Ramos and Miggy Yee fired a five-over-par 77 on Wednesday to lead brothers Basti and Santi Lorenzo by one shot after the first round of the NGAP’s National Doubles championship presented by the MVP Sports Foundation at the Eastridge layout in Binangonan, Rizal.
Ramos and Yee struggled like the other teams in the field, gunning down just one birdie that went with a double bogey and four bogeys even as the Lorenzos salvaged a 78 by firing a 37 coming home in the event also backed by Pancake House, Golf Depot and Pacsports.
The fancied pair of Kristopher Arevalo and Raymart Tolentino posted a 79 like the GJ Katigbak-Jonar Austria tandem to be a shot further back as play shifts to four-ball (best ball) in today’s second round of the 54-hole event forming part of the PLDT Group Amateur Tour.
Jed Dy, also a former Callaway Junior World winner like Arevalo, combined for an 83 with teammate Ryan Monsalve to set the pace in Group II, pacing the Carlos and Carlo Packing pair by four. Carlo Simson-Marco Oliver was in third another four shots behind.
Ramos-Yee dropped back-to-back shots from No. 4 and then played it even from the seventh only to sign for a double bogey 5 on No. 12 and a bogey in the next in the alternate shot round.
But it still was enough for them to hold the lead as JP de Claro, the other half of the team that won last year with Rupert Zaragosa, and Gabriel Manotoc stumbled with an 86 to practically bomb out of contention.
Zaragosa is with the Philippine team playing in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.
The comebacking Tonton Asistio and partner Junnel Roxas were just a shot better than De Claro-Manotoc with an 85, even as Erwin Temena-Rading Decepida assembled an 80 to set the pace in the Mid-Am division, just three behind in the overall race to Ramos-Yee.