CARL Corpus moved to the top of the leaderboard as Aidric Chan slipped in the third round of the qualifiers for the Philippine SEA Games golf team on Wednesday at Luisita Golf and Country Club.
A 72 was enough for Corpus to take the lead at 501 in the battle for three spots as Chan limped with a 79 and slipped to second at 501.
“My game was nothing of the extraordinary. I just kept my cool and took advantage of the good breaks while making the most of the bad (breaks),” said Corpus, an incoming San Jose State University student, who hit one birdie against two bogeys at the front then birdied the par-5 16th and parred the rest to save an even-par round.
Chan, leader by six at the start of the day, dropped two strokes each on Nos. 1 and 3 and bogeyed No. 6 and 9 before yielding the lead with a closing 37 for that seven-over card.
Despite his skid, the University of Arizona-bound Chan vowed to strike back and re-claim his place on top.
“All the aspects of my game turned off. But it’s helpful for me to know what to work on,” said Chan.
But with the next two players laying 11 shots adrift of Chan, the top two are virtually assured of the SEAG slots.
Edward Dy charged back with a superb 67 to jump from eighth to joint third with Sean Ramos, who matched par 72, at 512 in the event sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation, the PLDT Group, Cignal and Metro Pacific.
Paolo Wong also kept his bid alive with a 71, tying Luis Castro, who groped for a 76, at 516 while Gab Manotoc hardly recovered from a previous 81 with a 75 but still stayed in the hunt at 517.
But no lead is safe at the tough Luisita layout as five players slug it out for the third and last slot in the national team. The Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed layout which will also host the SEAG golf competitions on Nov. 30-Dec. 10.
Ryan Monsalve carded a 73 for eighth at 521 while brother Ivan Monsalve pooled a 523 after a 78 followed by Lanz Uy (73-525), Kristoffer Arevalo (77-526), Rolando Bregente (76-532) and Alexander Bisera (79-538).