Cyna coasts to 6-shot romp with 69

Cyna Rodriguez (right) receives her trophy as she shakes hands with Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. general manager Colo Ventosa after topping the ICTSI Riviera Ladies Classic with a six-shot romp over Sarah Ababa.(pr)
Cyna Rodriguez (right) receives her trophy as she shakes hands with Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. general manager Colo Ventosa after topping the ICTSI Riviera Ladies Classic with a six-shot romp over Sarah Ababa.(pr)
Cyna Rodriguez posted another dominant win on the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, pulling away with an eagle-spiked frontside 33 and capping her romp with a birdie-birdie finish for a 69 and a six-shot victory over Sarah Ababa in the ICTSI Riviera Ladies Classic at Riviera’s Couples Course in Silang, Cavite yesterday.
Rodriguez pounced on Ababa’s bogey start and bested her rival’s birdie on the par-5 No. 2 with an eagle, threatening to blow the field away after taking a two-stroke lead with a 69 Thursday. Though Ababa gained a two-shot swing on No. 4 with another birdie coupled with Rodriguez’s bogey to move within two again, the reigning back-to-back Order of Merit champion birdied No. 7 and 9 for a 33 and pulled six shots away as Ababa bogeyed Nos. 6 and 9 and made the turn at 37.
It was cruise control for Rodriguez at the back, making up for her bogey mishaps on Nos. 11 and 13 with back-to-back birdies to close out the tournament, her second three-under card giving her a 54-hole aggregate of eight-under 208 worth P100,000.
It was actually Rodriguez’s first win in the season after winning half of the eight titles disputed in last year’s second edition of the country’s first ladies pro circuit sponsored by ICTSI. It also atoned for her playoff loss to amateur ace Princess Superal in the ICTSI Wack Wack Invitational last month.
Rodriguez struggled to finish sixth in the kickoff leg at the ICTSI Ladies Open won by Korean Hwang Ye-nah and finished tied for seventh at ICTSI Splendido topped by Thai Meechai Wichanee.
Ababa also carded a second 73 and finished way behind at 214 and took P70,000 for her second runner-up effort after finishing tied with Thai Walailak Satarak at ICTSI Splendido.
Lovelynn Guioguio strung up three straight birdies from No. 6 but could only match Ababa’s 73 as she placed third with a 222 in the P500,000 event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. Guioguio pocketed P45,000.
Last year’s winner Jayvie Agojo matched par 72 and settled for a share of fourth with Korean amateur Hwang Min Jeong, who also carded a 72, at 223 while Koh Eu Na, another Korean amateur, birdied two of the last three holes to save a 74 for solo sixth at 224.
Cristina Corpus of the US shot the day’s only other under-par card, a 71, to snatch seventh place at 229 while Korean Kim So Un ended up eighth at 229 after a 73 and Chihiro Ikeda skied to a 77 and wound up joint ninth with amateur Annika Cedo, who carded a 74, at 230.(pr)

Cyna waxes hot with 69, grabs 2-shot lead

Cyna Rodriguez off the tee on No. 2.(pr)
Cyna Rodriguez off the tee on No. 2.(pr)
Cyna Rodriguez went on an early birdie-binge to seize control and took a two-stroke lead over Sarah Ababa with a three-under 69 despite a backside meltdown in the second round of the ICTSI Riviera Ladies Classic at Riviera’s Couples Course in Silang, Cavite yesterday.
Flashing the form that netted her four victories on the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour last year, Rodriguez came through with a pair of three-birdie sprees at the front, the first from No. 1 wiping out Ababa’s overnight two-stroke lead and the other closing out the nine negating her back-to-back bogeys from No. 4.
With a 32 start and with Ababa and the rest failing to match her scorching start, Rodriguez took her familiar place in the circuit she has dominated although she wavered a bit at the back with two bogeys against a birdie for a 37.
Still, her 69 and a 139 put her two strokes ahead of Ababa, who stunned Rodriguez and the field with a bogey-free 68 Wednesday but went birdie-less yesterday and dropped to second at 141 after a 73.
With Lovelynn Guioguio also turning in a 73 and falling 10 strokes off the pace at 149 for third, the battle for the top P100,000 in the 54-hole championship sponsored by ICTSI is virtually reduced to a two-player affair with Rodriguez tipped to finally nail her first victory in the season after four tries.
Korean amateur Eu Na Koh stood at fourth at 150 despite a 78 as last year’s champion Jayvie Agojo, who had a decent 72 start, also failed to land a birdie in a bogey-marred 79 that all but dropped her from the title race.
She pooled a 151 and slid to a tie with another Korean amateur Min Jeong Hwang, who rebounded with a 73 while Anya Tanpinco shot a 75 for a 152.
Chihiro Ikeda blew a two-under card after three holes with a slew of bogeys and a double bogey, finishing with a 76 for a 153 while Eva Minoza carded a 76 to tie Cristina Corpus (79) of the US, Korean Kim So Un (78), Apple Fudolin (80) and local amateur Annika Cedo (80) at 156.
Hard-pressed to deliver after dropping a playoff setback to amateur Princess Superal at ICTSI Wack Wack Invitational last month, Rodriguez sprayed the Riviera layout with three straight birdies from No. 1, moving two-up from two-down as Ababa bogeyed the third hole.
But Rodriguez bogeyed the next two on missed greens, enabling Ababa, who parred the rest of the holes, to tie again. But after a regulation par on the par-3 No. 6, the reigning back-to-back ICTSI LPGT Order of Merit champion strung up three straight birdies again, this time from No. 7 to storm ahead.
She actually went five-under with another birdie on No. 12 but fell back with bogeys on Nos. 13 and 15 for that 37 and 69.(pr)
Cyna Rodriguez reacts after sinking a birdie-putt on the first hole.(pr)
Cyna Rodriguez reacts after sinking a birdie-putt on the first hole.(pr)

PLDT subdues Cagayan in title preview

PLDT’s Howard Mojica (12) soars for a kill against Cagayan Valley’s Brendon Santos (18), Rex Intal (16) and Warren Pirante (2) during the preview of the Spikers’ Turf finals at The Arena yesterday.(pr)
PLDT’s Howard Mojica (12) soars for a kill against Cagayan Valley’s Brendon Santos (18), Rex Intal (16) and Warren Pirante (2) during the preview of the Spikers’ Turf finals at The Arena yesterday.(pr)
Games Sunday
9 a.m. – Air Force vs Cignal (best of 3 for third)
3 p.m. – PLDT vs Cagayan (best of 3 for crown)

PLDT Home Ultera overcame a first-set stumble and strung up three set wins in close fashions to hack out a 16-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-23 victory over Cagayan Valley yesterday in a preview of their championship showdown in the inaugural Spikers’ Turf Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.

The Ultra Fast Spikers lost to the Rising Suns in their spiking duel, 46-48, but won their battle in blocks, 11-9, and in serves, 6-4, to snatch victory and gain some momentum heading to the start of their best-of-three title series on Sunday.
Howard Mojica rammed in 14 attacks to finish with 18 hits while Vic De Guzman and Mark Alfafara combined for 25 points as the Ultra Fast Spikers completed their sweep of the single round semis of the league presented by PLDT Home Ultera and backed by Mikasa.
UAAP MVP Marck Espejo played true to form and hammered in 19 hits, including 17 on attacks, while Rex Intal and Peter Torres fired 11 hits apiece for the Rising Suns, who also hope to flaunt their hitting prowess and plug the holes in some departments come Sunday.
Earlier, Cignal held off Air Force to fashion out a 29-27, 25-14, 28-26 victory in their own preview of their battle for third place.
Red Christensen fired 10 hits, including nine on attacks, while Reyson Fuentes, Herschel Ramos and Bonjomar Castel came through with eight points apiece and Lorenzo Capate Jr. and skipper Jay dela Cruz added seven and six hits for the HD Spikers, who produced 50 attacks and nine blocks as against their rivals 44 and five, respectively.
Ruben Inaudito and Jhimson Merza churned out 10 hits each while Jeffrey Malabanan and Edwin Tolentino tossed in nine and eight points, respectively, but the Airmen failed to sustain their fightbacks in the first and third sets.
Meanwhile, the Air Force-Cignal clash will be shown on PTV 4 starting at 10:30 tonight while the PLDT-Cagayan duel will be aired tomorrow, according to the organizing Sports Vision.(pr)
Cagayan’s Peter Torres hammers in a kill against PLDT’s Howard Mojica during the preview of the Spikers’ Turf finals at The Arena yesterday.(pr)
Cagayan’s Peter Torres hammers in a kill against PLDT’s Howard Mojica during the preview of the Spikers’ Turf finals at The Arena yesterday.(pr)

Ultra Fast Hitters get back at Lady Troopers, force ‘rubber’

PLDT’s Alyssa Valdez unleashes a vicious kills against Army’s single coverage by setter Tina Salak against the league’s leading spiker as the Ultra Fast Hitters got back at the Lady Troopers in Game Two to force a sudden death for the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Open Conference crown at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.(pr)
PLDT’s Alyssa Valdez unleashes a vicious kills against Army’s single coverage by setter Tina Salak against the league’s leading spiker as the Ultra Fast Hitters got back at the Lady Troopers in Game Two to force a sudden death for the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Open Conference crown at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.(pr)
Game May 31
12:45 p.m. – PLDT vs Army
Alyssa Valdez put on an MVP-like performance as PLDT Home Ultera got back at Army and essayed a 25-16, 25-22, 19-25, 25-16 victory to force a deciding Game Three in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12-Open Conference finals before a jampacked crowd at The Arena in San Juan City yesterday.
Moments after receiving her first-ever Shakey’s V-League MVP plum, Valdez went on a spiking spree and finished with a series-high 26 hits to power the Ultra Fast Lady Spikers to the one-hour, 46-minute victory that avenged their 25-13, 23-25, 25-27, 22-25 setback in the series’ opener Thursday and snapped their 10-game run from the elims to the semis of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.
That loss, which also spoiled PLDT’s sweep bid, only fired up Valdez and the rest of the Ultra Fast Hitters.
“She deserves the MVP award,” said PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb of his prized spiker, also the spearhead of the country’s campaign in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore next month. “But I told her it would be nicer if she can lead the team to the championship.”
The soft-spoken Valdez knows only too well her responsibility for herself and her team and vowed to deliver the goods next week.
“I’m so thankful and blessed for this award but this would be nothing if we can’t win the title,” said Valdez, who capped her explosive game with four service aces.
The rubber match will be played next Sunday, giving both coaches one week to re-plot their plays and strategies. The winner-take-all is expected to draw a record crowd after 5,398 paying patrons watched yesterday’s contest at the 5,000-seater venue with the organizing Sports Vision failing to accommodate a few hundreds more.
Jaja Santiago, whose mere 6-4 frame can intimidate an attacker in any given play, continued to flash her spiking prowess, ramming in 13 kills, while coming away with five blocks while veteran Charo Soriano also stepped up to fire eight hits.
Gorayeb said they succeeded in containing the power duo of Jovelyn Gonzaga and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who came through with 16 apiece in Game One but were limited to just 12 and nine, respectively, yesterday.
Mary Jean Balse, a former league MVP, led the way for Army with 17 markers while Rachel Ann Daquis continued to struggle and finished with four hits in this late, crucial stage of the conference presented by PLDT Home Ultera and backed by Mikasa and Accel.
“We knew we needed to find ways to slow down Gonzaga and Dindin (Santiago-Manabat) and we succeeded in doing,” said Gorayeb.
Army coach Rico de Guzman rued some calls that he claimed stymied their rhythm but vowed to come back strong in Game Three.
“There were some calls that took away our momentum,” said de Guzman. “But we couldn’t do anything about it but to just accept it and come out strong in Game Three.”
Army actually came into the match, watched by 5,398 spectators at the 5,000-seater venue, oozing with confidence after snatching the series’ opener and foiling PLDT’s bid for a record title sweep.
But it was the Ultra Fast Lady Spikers who started out strong and came out of a third set setback stronger to send the series into a winner-take-all affair.
After dropping the first two sets, the Lady Troopers regrouped and pounced on the erratic PLDT side to avert a sweep but again struggled in early going of the fourth in the face of the Ultra Fast Hitters’ explosive comeback.
“We really didn’t make much adjustments. I just told them don’t blow this chance and waste away the hard work we had put this conference,” said Gorayeb.
Aside from the MVP plum, the power-hitting Valdez was also named the Best Outside Spiker and led the conference’s other awardees who included Army’s Rachel Ann Daquis (2nd Best Outside Spiker), Meralco’s Jen Reyes (libero), PLDT’s Ruby de Leon (setter), Cagayan’s Ria Meneses (1st best middle blocker), Jaja Santiago (2nd best middle blocker) and Gonzaga (opposite spiker).(pr)
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PLDT’s chief blocker Jaja Santiago flaunts her spiking prowess as she blasted in one against Army’s Jovelyn Gonzaga as sister Dindin Santiago-Manabat tries to provide help in Game Two of their Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Open Conference title clash at The Arena in San Juan. The Ultra Fast Spikers won in four to force a sudden death.(pr)

Hong hangs tough, bags Luisita crown by 2

Charles Hong raises his arms in triumph after closing out with a routine par for a two-stroke win in the ICTSI Luisita Championship.(pr)
Charles Hong raises his arms in triumph after closing out with a routine par for a two-stroke win in the ICTSI Luisita Championship.(pr)

TARLAC – Charles Hong pounced on erstwhile leader Clyde Mondilla’s early foldup and Keanu Jahns’ backside meltdown to wrest control then fended off three rivals with a gritty finish to salvage a two-under 70 and capture the ICTSI Luisita Championship crown by two at the Luisita Golf and Country Club here.
Hong came through with clutch birdies on Nos. 12 and 15 in scorching heat and foiled Orlan Sumcad, Tony Lascuña and Marvin Dumandan’s threats in separate flights with a brave run of pars in the last three holes, including the tough par-3 17th, to bag the hotly-disputed crown with a 15-under 273 total worth P360,000.
“This victory validates my two other wins that I can do it anytime,” said Hong, who nipped Richard Sinfuego in sudden death at ICTSI Pueblo de Oro for his maiden win in 2012 then rallied from behind to nip young American Micah Shin by one at ICTSI Sherwood Hills last year.
With Mondilla and Jahns dropping out of contention one after the other with a 41 start for an 80 (Mondilla) and a 40 finish for a 75 (Jahns), Hong kept his focus and only asked for the update when they headed to the difficult long No. 17, which he said could make-or-break one’s title bid.
“I didn’t dare to ask on what’s happening in the flights ahead and just concentrated on my game since I was not doing good for most part of the day.” said Hong. “And because I didn’t know what’s happening, I was able to take care on fixing my game and it also took some pressure off.
“But I precisely asked on No. 17 because that’s the toughest hole, which played to around 215 yards,” added Hong, who kept his run of under-par rounds that included a 66, 68 and 69 over the par-72 layout which made its return to the pro circuit after 26 years.
Sumcad tried to duplicate Angelo Que’s feat last week when the three-time Asian Tour winner rallied from six shots down to snare the ICTSI Anvaya plum as the power-hitting pro sizzled at the back with six birdies in the last eight. But Sumcad ran out of holes and settled for joint second at 275 despite a second straight 66.
Five behind Hong two flights ahead, Lascuña recalled the form that netted him five ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour leg victories last year, birdying four of the first five holes and catching the Cebuano bet at 14-under with another birdie on No. 14.
But Hong birdied No. 15 and Lascuña bogeyed the par-3 17th as the latter ended up with a 67 to share runner-up honors with Sumcad at 275.
Dumandan made it a three-way for second as the long-hitting pro, who trailed Hong by four after 54 holes, moved within one with a birdie on No. 11 but failed to gain headway with flubbed birdie chances in at least two holes in the last seven and wound up with a 69.
Sumcad, Lascuña and Dumandan each got P168,333.
Jay Bayron also rallied at the back with four birdies in the last seven holes to save a 70 and snare solo fifth at 276 and took home P89,000 while Frankie Miñoza, the last player to win at Luisita in the 1989 President’s Cup, birdied No. 16 to likewise salvage a 70 for solo sixth at 277 worth P78,000.
Jahns, who sparked hopes of a breakthrough win in the circuit sponsored by ICTSI when he surged ahead of the elite field with a solid 36-hole output of 11-under 133 Thursday, held his ground with a gutsy 35 start but faded with a bogey on the par-5 12th and fell to joint seventh instead with a double-bogey on No. 16 and a bogey on the final hole. He wound up with a 40 for a 75 and a 278 in a tie with Jhonnel Ababa and Zanie Boy Gialon, who shot a 67 and 73, respectively. Each received P57,666.
Elmer Salvador failed to sustain a fiery third round 67 as he stumbled with a one-over 73 and tumbled to solo 10th at 279 and got P45,000.
Worse was Mondilla, who moved 18 holes away from nailing his second career win after topping the ICTSI Canlubang leg last year when he grabbed the solo lead with a hot finish of 33 for a 67 in the third round. But he made a cold start in the final round, bogeying three of the first four holes to drop out of the lead, made two more bogeys on Nos. 6 and 7 and fell with a thud with a 41.
The young pro did fight back with two birdies on Nos. 12 and 14 but dropped five strokes in the last four holes, marred by double-bogey mishaps on Nos. 15 and 18 and shot himself in the foot with a fat 80. He ended up at No. 15 with a 282.(pr)

Bogey-free 67 nets Mondilla 1-shot lead

Clyde Mondilla hits an approach shot from under the trees on No. 10.(pr)
Clyde Mondilla hits an approach shot from under the trees on No. 10.(pr)
Charles Hong blasts out off the bunker on No. 1.(pr)
Charles Hong blasts out off the bunker on No. 1.(pr)
Keanu Jahns hacks an approach shot on the first hole.(pr)
Keanu Jahns hacks an approach shot on the first hole.(pr)

TARLAC – Clyde Mondilla outgunned Charles Hong and Keanu Jahns in a backside shootout and came away with a bogey-free five-under 67 to seize a one-stroke lead in the third round of the P2 million ICTSI Luisita Championship at the Luisita Golf and Country Club here yesterday.

Kept at bay by the gutsy two-day leader Jahns and second-running Hong despite a two-birdie feat at the frontside, Mondilla rattled off three more birdies in the last nine holes then watched Jahns crack under pressure in the closing holes to overcome a two-shot deficit and storm ahead with a 14-under 202 aggregate.
The soft-spoken former national champion thus moved 18 holes away from nailing his second victory after scoring a breakthrough at ICTSI Canlubang where he nipped veteran Cassius in a final round duel late last year.
Hong, one behind Jahns at the halfway mark of the 72-hole championship sponsored by ICTSI, fell one birdie short of Mondilla’s backside feat and settled for a 69 as the two-time ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour leg winner stayed at second at 203 in a tie with Jahns, who looked headed for another impressive round with a four-under card after 12 holes until he stumbled with back-to-back bogeys from No. 16 and dropped to joint second with a 70.
Still, the troika will slug it out in today’s final round in a continuation of their spirited third round duel for the top P360,000 purse tipped to go up the 72nd hole.
Jhonnel Ababa, who missed the cut by one at ICTSI Anvaya last week, matched Mondilla’s three-birdie binge at the back in the other flight and turned in a 68 but stood three shots off Mondilla at 205.
Title-hungry and power-hitting Marvin Dumandan gunned down an eagle on No. 5 and knocked down four birdies, preserving a solid round with two scrambling pars to match the tournament-best 66 posted by Mondilla, Hong, Jahns and Albin Engino in the first round of the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
But Dumandan will have a lot of work to do to overhaul a four-stroke deficit at 206, the same output put in by former ICTSI PGT Order of Merit winners Jay Bayron and Elmer Salvador, who both carded 67s.
Frankie Miñoza, who sparked hopes of a repeat of his title feat when the par-72 course last hosted a pro championship – the President’s Cup – in 1989, failed to sustain a pair of 68s with a 71, slipping to eighth at 207, five shots off Mondilla.
Like Miñoza, the reigning three-time OOM winner Tony Lascuña slowed down with a 70 after a second day 67 as he pooled a 208 for joint ninth with Rolando Marabe, who made a 71.
Miguel Tabuena, winner of the PGT kickoff leg at Splendido and one of the early favorites to win this sixth leg of the circuit, hardly moved up with a 69 after back-to-back 70s, his 209 putting him in joint 11th with long-hitting Orlan Sumcad, who eagled the par-4 No. and hit five more birdies against a bogey for the day’s other 66, and Japanese Toru Nakajima and Yuta Sudo, who both fired 70s.
Enjoying top form, Jahns pulled away by three over Hong and by five over Mondilla with three birdies in the first six holes. But he bogeyed No. 7 which Mondilla birdied and the latter stayed back within two off Jahns and tied Hong at second as they made the turn.
Jahns hit back-to-back birdies from No. 11 but Mondilla pressed his bid with his own birdies on Nos. 11, 13 and 15 with Hong reeling back with a lone birdie on the 12th.
But just when he thought he had kept Mondilla and Hong in check, Jahns lost his momentum and stumbled with bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17, enabling Mondilla to surge ahead and Hong keeping alive his drive for a third career victory.(pr)

Jahns sustains form, grabs 1-shot lead with 67

Keanu Jahns studies the line of his putt on No. 1.(pr)
Keanu Jahns studies the line of his putt on No. 1.(pr)

TARLAC – Keanu Jahns put in another superb round of five-under 67, wresting a one-stroke lead over erstwhile co-leader Charles Hong and another shot ahead of Clyde Mondilla as they continued to show up the top guns halfway through the ICTSI Luisita Championship at the Luisita Golf and Country Club here yesterday.
Jahns, who matched Hong, Mondilla and Albin Engino’s 66 as the unfancied bets took charge in Wednesday’s opening round of the P2 million event, stumbled with a bogey on No. 2 which he birdied in the first round but rattled off eight birdies as he bucked tough pin placements at the tree-lined layout which took another beating from the men of the tour with 25 breaking par.
The three-year pro could’ve actually pulled away from the elite pack if not for his double-mishap on the par-4 15th. But what made his round impressive was that he gunned down those birdies in bunches – four straight each on both nines – with his 33-34 card giving him an 11-under 133 total and 36 holes away from nailing a breakthrough in a young pro career.
“I just stuck to what I did in the first round and my gameplan,” said Jahns, who hit eight birdies against a double-bogey Wednesday and gunned down eight again yesterday, including four straight from No. 4 and from No. 10. “Also, I’ve been hitting a lot of greens and making a lot of putts.”
But Hong, a two-time winner on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour, is also in the hunt for another crown at 134 after the Cebuano ace turned what had been a mediocre start of 36 at the back with a fiery windup of 32, spiked by a three-birdie string from No. 2 and capped by two birdies in the last three holes that negated his unlikely bogey on the par-5 No. 6.
“The pins were placed in tough positions and that made it difficult to go for birdies,” said Hong, who flashed superb iron play that produced birdies inside six feet and more than made up for his wet bogey on No. 5 and a missed green miscue on the 17th.
Mondilla, chasing a second title after hitting paydirt at ICTSI Canlubang last year, matched Hong’s big frontside rebound in another flight, ramming in three straight birdies from No. 3 to turn in a 69 for a 135.
But if there’s one player looming large for the three pacesetters, it is Frankie Miñoza, who turned in a second straight four-under 68 to stay just three strokes off Jahns at 136. Unlike his 31-37 card Wednesday marred by two bogeys, the reticent Minoza came out of the round unscathed, hinting at a promising final 36 holes for the very player who won here when Luisita last hosted a pro championship in the 1989 President’s Cup.
A slew of players also kept the leaders within sight to ensure a wide-open battle for the top P360,000 purse in the event sponsored by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. with Jhonnel Ababa, who missed the cut at ICTSI Anvaya last week, firing a 67 to tie Rolando Marabe, who carded a 70, at 137 and Tony Lascuña making his move with his own version of a 67 for a 138.
Engino proved to be the only erstwhile leading player to crack under pressure as he wavered with a 73 after a 66 and tumbled own to joint eight with Jay Bayron, trying to atone for his final round foldup at Anvaya, who shot a 70, Elmer Salvador, who turned in a 69, and Japanese Toru Nakajima and Yuta Sudo, who rallied with 67 and 68, respectively.
Forty two players made the cut pegged at 147 with Cassius Casas, winner of two tournaments last year, barely making it with a 72 after a 75 together with ICTSI Orchard Championship winner Rufino Bayron, who fought back with a 71 after a 76.
Miguel Tabuena threatened in the early going with three birdies in the first seven holes at the back. But the ICTSI Splendido leg winner fumbled with a bogey on the 18th and had a one-bogey, one-birdie stint at the front for a second 70 and a 140, seven shots off Jahns. Other four-under par scorers were Anthony Fernando and Marvin Dumandan, who shot identical 69s, and Ferdie Aunzo, who made a 71.(pr)

Charles Hong watches his second shot on the par-3 17th.(pr)
Charles Hong watches his second shot on the par-3 17th.(pr)