MIGGY Yee and AR Ramos went on a birdie binge early to seize control, then hung tough at the back to score a 66 and take a one-stroke lead over Jobim Carlos and Jonar Austria after two rounds of the Meralco National Doubles Amateur (Closed) Championship at Wack Wack’s West Course on Thursday.
Yee and Ramos, who shared the first round lead with Rupert Zaragosa and JP De Claro with 69s, birdied the first two holes then added four more, including three straight from No. 6, to negate a bogey mishap on the ninth for a fiery 31.
But they failed to sustain their charge, needing to close out with gutsy pars in the four-ball format to cling to a one-shot lead at 135.
Carlos and Austria fought back from five shots down with a stirring five-birdie spree at the back, including the last three holes to shoot the day’s best score of seven-under 65 in the best-ball event sponsored by Meralco and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.
Zaragosa, the former national and junior champion, and De Claro scored a 69 and occupied third place at 138.
Top jungolfer Gabriel Manotoc and Raymond Gonzales also had a six-under 66 to wheel back into contention at 142 heading to the aggregate closing format.
John Kier Abdon and Chris Jordan shot a 70 for a 144. Lawrence Celestino, winner of the recent Philex NGAP Regionals in Baguio, and Kenneth Kano rallied with a 67 and trail the leader by nine at 146 in the event backed by Pancake House, Titleist by Empire Golf, Pacsports and Golf Depot.