RICHARD Abaring toughened held off Marvin Dumandan and carded an even par 72 on Friday to clinch the low medal honors in wire-to-wire fashion in the 2019 PGT qualifying tournament at Spendido Taal Golf Club in Laurel, Batangas.
Abaring had a 285 total, fending off Dumandan, who battled back from seven strokes down to within two after No. 13 before losing steam to gain second spot at 287 with tournament-best 67 in the four-day eliminations for Filipino players.
Orlan Sumcad placed third with a 289 after a 70 while Rupert Zaragosa will finally leave the amateur ranks to compete with the big guns after finishing fourth at 293 after a 74.
Completing the Top 10 and earning Philippine Golf Tour cards were Rey Pagunsan (71), Jet Mathay (74), Francis Morilla (77) and Efren Robles Jr. (78), who pooled identical 297s, and Benjie Magada (72), Chris delos Santos (75) and Erwin Arcillas (75), who assembled similar 299s.
The top 51 players earned Category 5 status, with Belem Arancon, Miko Alejandro and Arnel Enema barely making it at 322 after an 82, 83 and 88, respectively.
Others who regained or earned their cards were Cookie La’O, Alfedo Repato Jr., Jun Bernis, Omar Dungca, Jeffrey Pito-on, Elmer Saban, Santiago Gabo, Allan, Remata, Darren Saqui, Jama Reyes, Kris Etter, Joeleo Torrecampo, Ricky delos Santos, Jan Tambogon, Godofredo Sinfuego, Enrico Gallardo, Magno Arancon, Carlos Packing, JR Salahog, Jelbert Gamolo;
Danilo delos Santos, Rey Liberato, Richnell Albano, Rodrigo Cuello, Jomar Pepito, Peter Miñoza, Nico Evangelista, Art Arbole, Jesselito Zaragosa and Juanito Pagunsan.
The Qualifying School for foreign players will be held on Feb. 19-22, also at Splendido Taal Golf Club.