RUPERT Zaragosa and Rolando Pila advanced to the quarterfinals of the first MVPSF Visayas Regional Match Play Championship with big victories on Wednesday at the Cebu Country Club.
Zaragosa routed Victor Advincula, 9 and 7, in the morning Round of 32 match then repulsed Jufil Sato, 3&2 in the afternoon play.
Pila scored a walkover win over Jefferson Rivera then thwarted Pio Barandog Jr., 2 and 1.
Next up for Zaragosa is Jonas Magcalayo, who beat Airon Sorino, 5 and 3. Jolo Magcalayo nipped Jovi Neri, 1-up, to arrange a quarterfinal duel with Miguel Guerrero, who thumped Armand Guangko, 5 and 3.
No. 23 Gabriel Manotoc posted two big wins in another scorching day, edging No. 10 Tyler Po, 2 and 1, and holding off Jaylord Abadilla, 1-up, to set up a clash with Pila.
Third seed Mark Dy dominated Sir Cross Abarintos, 4 and 3, and won, 5 and 3, over Scott Reyes to set a match with Marko Sarmiento, who upended sixth ranked Chepe Dulay, 2 and 1.
In women’s play Lois Kaye Go and No. 2 Harmie Constantino posted emphatic victories as they moved into the last eight.
Go, who topped the 36-hole stroke play elims, whipped Renafe Arnado, 8 and 6, at the start of the knockout phase to arrange a Last 8 faceoff with No. 8 Ryoko Nagai, who trounced Grace Sosas.
Constantino, the reigning national stroke play champion, posted a 9 and 7 triumph over Mercy Garcia to seal a quarterfinal showdown with Riko Nagai, who clobbered Mariestila Borres, 4 and 3.
Fourth seed Junia Gabasa clipped Ma. Mirasol Panong, 7 and 6, and will next play Kristine Torralba, who also posted a 7 and 6 romp over Jahnna Abella.
Jona Magcalayo advanced with a walkover win over Lalay Lava.
Third seed Angela Mangana and eight-year-old Grace Pauline Quintanilla provided the thrill in a day of lopsided results.
Mangana won on the 19th to advance against Magcalayo.
Quintanilla, who finished at No. 14 in stroke play, appeared headed for a big upset when she drilled in a 30-foot putt on No. 14 to go 4-up with four holes to go. But she three-putted the next and Mangana, 14, took the next three holes to extend their match to the 19th hole, No. 10, which she won with a par in the organized by the National Golf Association of the Philippines, sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation, Smart, PLDT, Metro Pacific Invesments Corp. and the Philippine Sports Commission and held as part of the PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour.