Que, Ababa share lead in Aboitiz Invitational-A A +A
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
SILANG—Angelo Que came out scorching with a bogey-free seven-under 65, catching an early-starting Jhonnel Ababa at the helm, while Tony Lascuna likewise sizzled late with a flawless 66 as the local aces took charge in the opener of the $100,000 Aboitiz Invitational at Riviera’s Couples course here yesterday.
On a day three-peat seeking Elmer Salvador fumbled with a 73 under preferred lies rules, Que flashed awesome putting touch all day. He opened with a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 1 and buried an eagle from 30 feet off a solid Hybrid 2 shot from 236 yards on the par-5 second hole.
“My putting was wonderful. I saw swing coach Bong Lopez before I went to Japan and we worked on my putting stroke again and it has been beneficial,” said Que, who tapped in for another birdie on No. 5 then rammed in back-to-back birdies from No. 7 inside six feet to make the turn at 30.
The former Philippine Open champion, however, cooled down at the back with just one birdie on No. 11 that proved enough to keep him in step with Ababa, who earlier slugged it out with Benjie Magada in a shootout to fire the first 65 in the 72-hole championship sponsored by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.
Ababa, enjoying top form following a breakthrough win on the Asean PGA Tour in Malaysia two weeks ago, sustained a near-flawless stint for a 32-33 card, while Magada rallied with five straight birdies from No. 14 for a 67 (36-31).
Thai Pasamet Pogamnerd, the third player in the group that teed off in benign condition at 7:10 a.m., watched in awe as Ababa and Magada went on a birdie-binge, barely recovering from a two-bogey mishap after six holes with three birdies in the next 12 holes for a 71. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 28, 2014.