AR Ramos and Miggy Yee fired a three-under-par 69 under the best ball format on Thursday to pad their lead to four going into the final round of the NGAP’s National Doubles Championship presented by the MVP Sports Foundation at the Eastridge layout in Binangonan, Rizal.
Ramos and Yee knocked down three of their five birdies in the final nine holes, and, counting an opening 77 in the alternate-shot first round, now have a 146 aggregate in the event forming part of the PLDT Group Amateur Tour and backed by Pancake House, Golf Depot and Pacsports.
The final round will be individual aggregate with Jonar Austria and GJ Katigbak and brothers Basti and Santi Lorenzo looking to overhaul a four-shot deficit after turning in second round scores of 71 and 72, respectively.
Junel Roxas and the comebacking Tonlits Asistio actually matched Ramos-Yee’s 69, but the weight of a horrendous opening round 85 still left them eight shots adrift at 154.
Raymart Toletino and Kristopher Arevalo, one of the fancied sides, all but bombed out of the competition after shooting a 76 for 155 even as the Jed Dy and Ryan Monsalve team remained in the Group II lead despite an 81.
Dy-Monsalve turned in a horrid 43 in its opening nine for a 164 tally, just two shots ahead of the Carlos Packing-Carlo Packing team, which chopped an overnight four-shot deficit into half going into today’s final 18 holes.
Carlo Quimson and Marco Olives were another shot back after returning a 79 with Lanz Uy and Ryan Monsalve also having a shot at the title after firing a group-best 71 for 168.
The Erwin Temena-Rading Decepida pair, which teed off just three behind the overall lead, can concentrate on going all the way for the Mid-Am crown after shooting a 75 and 155 for a six-shot lead over the Marius Banatao-Norman Dela Pena tandem, which shot a 73.