RUPERT Zaragosa took control in boys’ individual play but Thailand pooled a brilliant 16-under 200 to storm to a huge 20-shot lead over Team Philippines in the girls’ division of the Asean Schools Golf Championships on Wednesday at Splendido Golf Club in Tagaytay.
Zaragosa surged to the lead as he shot a second 70 for a 140 and a three-stroke lead over Thai Nattawat Suvajanakkorn, who had a 74 for a 143. Withcayanon Chothirunrungrueng, also of Thailand, had a three-under 69 for a 144 total.
In the girls’ side, Chanya Prathetrat rattled off eight birdies for a bogey-free 64 while Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong and Supamas Chanachai each shot a 68 as the vaunted Thais all but wrapped the championship with a stirring 29-under 403 total.
That was 20 strokes ahead of the hosts, who could only come up with a one-under 215 for a 423 as Princess Superal carded a second straight 70 and Pauline del Rosario slowed down with a 72 after a 67. Daniella Uy added a 73 while Miya Legaspi had a 74 and failed to count.
Indonesia had a 223 and was in third at 441, Malaysia had a 223 for a 446, and Singapore had a 462 after a 227 in the four-day championship sponsored by the Department of Education, International Container Terminal Services, Inc., and Junior Golf Foundation of the Phils.
Santiwiwatthanaphong also stayed on track for a romp in the individual competition as she assembled a 12-under 132 for a five-stroke lead over Pratherat, who had a 137. Del Rosario was tied for third at 135 with Sangchan.
Superal and Suthavee Chanachai, also of Thailand, were tied at fifth at 140, eight shots off the pace.
The Thai boys also pulled away in team play, a five-to-play, four-to-count format, with a 291 and a 579. The Thais were 17 strokes ahead of Team Philippines, which scored a 293 for a 596.
Raymart Tolentino had a 71, Kristoffer Arevalo matched par 72, and Dan Emilio Cruz made an 80, with Jelbert Gamolo failing to count with an 84.
Malaysia stood just a stroke off Team Philippines with a 597 after a 308 followed by Singapore (299-606), Indonesia (305-610) and Brunei (332-659).