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    Team South takes two-point lead after eight matches in Philippine Golf Tour's The Duel 3

    May 21, 2014
    Team South’s Charles Hong (left) and Frankie Minoza study the line of their putt during their fourball match against Carl Santos-Ocampo and James Ryan Lam of the North squad.

    DAVAO’s Jhonnel Ababa and Cebu ace Charles Hong routed Carl Santos-Ocampo and Edward Reyes, 5 and 3, as Team South took a 5-3 lead against the North on Wednesday in The Duel 3 at the Cebu Country Club.

    The Southerners actually missed gaining a bigger cushion as Tony Lascuna and Clyde Mondilla yielded the final hole, enabling Miguel Tabuena and Jun Rates to salvage a draw in the back-and-forth second-to-last pairing of the afternoon foursomes.

    Jay Bayron and Elmer Saban set the tone for Team South’s afternoon charge with a 6 and 4 romp over Michael Bibat and Jun Bernis.

    Angelo Que and Mars Pucay saved the day for Team North with a 3 and 2 win over Marvin Dumandan and Mhark Fernando.

    It was a sorry finish for Lascuna and Que, who had appeared headed for a sweep of their two matches after going 1-up after 17 holes. But Tabuena and Rates refused to give up and took 18th to force the draw.

    “It’s a good cushion but not a safe lead,” said South skipper Jerome Delariarte.

    In the morning four-ball, Lascuna and Mondilla fought back from one hole down with two birdies in the last three holes to win 1-up over Que and Gerald Rosales on opening day of the three-day event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

    Frankie Minoza sank a six-foot uphill birdie putt on the 18th as he and local ace Hong finished all-square with Carl Santos-Ocampo and James Ryan Lam.

    Cassius Casas and Jhonnel Ababa won the match against Randy Garalde and Benjie Magada, 2 and 1, in the event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

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    Tabuena and Rates dominated Elmer Salvador and Jessie Balasabas and rolled to a 4 and 3 romp for Team North.

    "We're evenly matched but I believe we have a more experienced team," said the 35-year-old Delariarte, a native of Dumangas, Iloilo.

    The two teams slug it out again on Thursday, with skippers of both squads expected to tinker with respective team-ups to spring a surprise or two – first in the morning alternate shot format and then the afternoon best-ball in the event also backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Srixon, Callaway, Sharp, FootJoy, Mizuno, Callaway and Custom Clubmakers with Balls, ABS-CBN Sports+Action and Inquirer Golf as media partners.

    The 12 singles matches will be played on Friday.

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    Team South’s Charles Hong (left) and Frankie Minoza study the line of their putt during their fourball match against Carl Santos-Ocampo and James Ryan Lam of the North squad.
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