Bunyi-Mendoza wrests control in doubles golf | Inquirer Sports

Bunyi-Mendoza wrests control in doubles golf

/ 11:57 PM December 26, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Gino Bunyi and Marvin Mendoza birdied the last hole to cap a four-over-par 72 and grab a one-shot lead over Ricky delos Santos and Ricky Velasco in the foursomes event of the inaugural NGAP National Doubles Amateur Championships Monday at the AFP Golf Club in Quezon City.

Bunyi and Mendoza finished with a 37-35 card as they atoned for a double bogey on No. 16 with their closing birdie to forge ahead in the 54-hole tournament conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.

De los Santos and Velasco rebounded from an opening 40 with a 33 to salvage a 73 while three teams, including the Jobim Carlos-Raymundo Gonzales tandem, stood at 74 going into Tuesday’s four-balls (best-ball) format in the event presented by Globe, AirPhil Express and Pancake House.


Carlos and Gonzales never recovered from a bogey-double bogey start and hobbled home with a 39-35 card although they remained in contention in the centerpiece Group I division along with the Joey Huerva-Lawrence Celestino and the Eric Gallardo-JP De Claro pairs at 74.


Aristeo Mata and Agustin Mata holed out with a 37 for a 76 as they tied the John Tambogon-Rudy Amata tandem at sixth while Tommy Manotoc and RJ Talud strung up nines of 38-39 to join a three-way tie with Gabriel Manotoc-Art Arbole and Rupert Zaragosa-Justin Quilban tandems in the tournament backed by Golf Depot, Callaway, Odyssey, Pacsports, Autohub, Empire Golf and Titleist, the official ball.

In Group II, Larry Patnongon and Joey Solis carded a 74 to likewise post a one-stroke lead over Lans Uy and Paolo Uy while Justin Tan and RJ Tan stood five shots off the pace with a 79.

Kevin Saclot and Kristoffer Arevalo shot an 83 while Richard Tan and Lino Magpantay had an 84 followed by Caloy Coscolluela and Bobby Iñigo (86), Adrian Romero and Raymart Tolentino (87), Carlo Packing and Carlos Packing (95) and Carlo Villaroman and Quito Diaz (100).

Sam Martinez and Chanelle Avaricio, on the other hand, turned in a 77 to gain a three-shot lead over Bianca Pagdanganan and Pauline del Rosario in the ladies’ side of the event featuring members of the national pool and the top campaigners from the country’s leading clubs.

Daniella Uy and Marvi Monsalve struggled in the alternate shot format with an 85 but are expected to bounce back in the best ball and the combined aggregate in the final round Wednesday.

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