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    Tabuena keeps top spot in PGT Order of Merit

    Aug 8, 2013

    MIGUEL Tabuena continued to play steady, holding on to the top of the Order of Merit with a fourth place finish in the ICTSI Classic last week at Mt. Malarayat.

    The 17-year-old Tabuena fired an eagle-aided closing 64 and finished seven strokes behind winner Sattaya Supupramai.

    Lascuna placed second and Que was third, not enough to dislodge Tabuena from the top.

    The teen star ruled the kickoff leg at Sherwood and finished second in the next leg at John Hay. He bagged P144,984 last week to hike his total earnings to P1,134,027 after nine tournaments.

    Lascuna, last year’s top money earner, pocketed P297,735 last week for a P1,112,332 total, while Que is now at P1,018,776 after winning P181,230 at Mt. Malarayat.

    Next in the series is the ICTSI Tagaytay Midlands Challenge organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. set Aug. 14 to 16.

    Elmer Salvador, winner of the Aboitiz Invitational and runner-up at Pueblo De Oro, moved up to fourth in the money list with P932,276, while Jay Bayron is in fifth with P738,870.

    Carl Santos-Ocampo, still in search of a first win in two years, is in sixth with P577,068 while Frankie Miñoza barged into top 10 with back-to-back title romps at ICTSI Del Monte and ICTSI Pueblo, moving to seventh with P493,936 despite missing four legs of the series backed by Nike Golf, Srixon, Custom Clubmakers, Pacsports, Cleveland Golf, Callaway, Ping, Mizuno, Empire Golf and Sports Shop, FootJoy, Titleist, Sharp and BMW.

    Jhonnel Ababa is in eighth with P445,238, while Rancho Palos Verdes champion Michael Bibat has won P441,254 for ninth and Edward Reyes is in 10th with P411,849.

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    The leading pros gear up for the ICTSI Midlands tournament with the traditional pro-am set Aug. 13 at the tough course that is hosting an ICTSI PGT leg for the first time.

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