Gao tied at 2nd after Day 1

CEBU’s junior golfer Weiwei Gao shot three-over 75 and was only two strokes behind the early leader Jobim Carlos at the start of the Philippine Amateur (Stroke Play) Open Golf Championship at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Gen. Trias, Cavite yesterday.

The jungolf ace of Alta Vista Golf & Country Club Gao shot 75 and was tied with Aidric Chan and Luis Castro in third spot after Day 1 of the 72-hole championship organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.

The national golf team member Gao was trailing one shot to temporary second placer Ira Alido and two strokes behind early leader Carlos.

Koreans Jang Jun Ha and Lee Geon and local bets Carl Corpus and Gen Nagai turned in identical 76s, while Rubert Zaragosa, Korean Jang Yu Bin and Singapore’s Jeryl Tan are tied with 77.

“Given the wind condition, my game plan was to score an even par,” said Carlos, who struggled off the mound and hit just eight fairways while missing eight greens.

Harmie Constantino bucked a bogey start with three straight birdies from No. 4 but fumbled with three bogeys the rest of the way to likewise shoot a 73 and wrest a one-stroke lead over Malaysian Nur Durriyah Damian and Yuka Saso in the women’s side.

The top 50 in the men’s side after 36 holes and the top 30 in the women’s side will advance to the final two rounds of the annual event hosted by the Eagle Ridge GCC. with PR

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