RUPERT Zaragosa Zaragosa picked up two easy wins and nailed the first quarterfinal berth on Wednesday in the Philippine Amateur Open Match Play Golf Championship at the Orchard Golf and Country Club’s Player course in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Zaragosa defeated No. 32 Alexi Garzon, 8 and 6, in the morning then clobbered Japan’s Takuya Kawamura, 6 and 5, in the afternoon.
No. 2 Jolo Magcalayo struggled but got past Korea’s Won Yong Hwi, 2 and 1, to arrange a second round duel with Lester Lagman, who nipped another Korean, Back Seung Hyeon, 1-up.
Third seed Luis Castro romped past Peter Asinas, 7 and 6, while No. 4 and defending champion Noel Langamin routed Tommy Leong, 5 and 3.
No. 6 Carlo Villaroman edged Leandro Bagtas, 2 and 1, while seventh seed Aniceto Mandanas ousted Joseph Orbito, 5 and 3.
Eighth seed Kristoffer Arevalo crushed Airon Sorino, 4 and 3, while No. 9 ninth seed Peter Po rolled past Steven Ferrer, 6 and 5, and No. 10 Richnell Albano sailed past Jay Anderson, 6 and 5. Fifth-ranked Jonas Magcalayo scored a walkover against Gabby Macalaguin.
The winners of the semifinals in the afternoon on Thursday battle for the crown in a marathon 36-hole duel.
With top seed Yuka Saso, No. 2 Harmie Constantino, third seed Sofia Blanco and No. 4 Kayla Nocum drawing opening round byes, Koreans Yang Ju Young and Kim Hui Won beat their respective rivals to clinch quarterfinal seats.
Yang clipped compatriot Kang Da Yeon, 4 and 3, while Kim turned back Rev Alcantara, 3 and 1, in the upper half of the women’s draw.
Alex Etter blasted Jona Magcalayo, 4 and 3, and Kristine Torralba routed Korean Baek Yeun Jea, 8 and 6, to nail the other seats in the round of eight of the event organized by the National Golf Association of the Philippines and backed by Cignal and Metro Pacific Investment.