ZANIEBOY Gialon snapped a three-year barren spell by topping the ICTSI Calatagan Golf Challenge crown, winning by six strokes over Jhonnel Ababa on Saturday at the Calatagan Golf Club in Batangas.
Gialon, who last won in 2014 at Royal Northwoods, bagged his fourth career victory.
He hit two birdies in the first four holes and pulled away on the back nine with three more birdies for a 66 and a 16-under 272 total worth P450,000.
“I expected to win after going 3-up in the third round. I knew it would be difficult for them (Tony and Jhonnel) to give chase,” said Gialon, who placed sixth at Southwoods and fifth at Villamor.
“I knew I’d contend this week since I’ve been playing and hitting the ball pretty solid. And I think Calatagan best suits my game,” said Gialon.
Ababa rebounded from a disastrous third round 73 with a 66, rallying from joint fifth to solo second at 278 worth P320,000.
Tony Lascuña had two birdies against the same number of bogeys for a 72, ending up third at 280 for P180,000.
Jun Bernis shot a 68 to snatch fourth place at 281 and bag P140,000.
Rufino Bayron failed to sustain a third round 67 and closed with a 73 for joint fifth at 282 with Clyde Mondilla, winner of the last two Philippine Golf Tour events, who shot a 70. Each took home P102,500.
Jay Bayron settled for a 72 for seventh at 283 while Gerald Rosales birdied the first two holes and wound up with a 70 to finish eighth at 284.
James Lam and Orlan Sumcad shot 67 and 70, respectively, to tie first round leader Guido Van der Valk of the Netherlands, who fired a 69, at ninth at 286 in the P2.5 million event sponsored by ICTSI, organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., and backed by BDO, KZG, Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Sharp, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and PLDT.