Pinoy golfers lead after first round
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 09, 2015 07:43 PM
The Philippine trio of Dan Emilio Cruz, Wei Wei Gao and Ruperto Zaragoza combined for 222 total.
SINGAPORE—Seventeen-year-old Dan Emilio Cruz shot a 72 to lead the Philippines to a potential podium finish in men’s golf of the 28th Southeast Asian Games at the Sentosa Golf Club course on Tuesday.
Wei Wei Gao, 15, and Ruperto Zaragoza III, 17, submitted similar 75s over the par-72 course for a 222 total. Aniceto Mandanas, 15, carded an 80 and did not count in the four-to-play, three to count format.
Defending champion Thailand, behind the day’s best 69 of Incheon Asian Games individual bronze medalist Tawang Phongphun, towed the seven-team field with 214, only a stroke off Singapore.
Malaysia ran fourth with 225, followed by Laos with 230, Indonesia 233, Myanmar 237 and Cambodia 275.
Cruz also positioned himself for a possible medal in individual play. He trailed Phongphun by three shots and second-running Marc Chong Ong of Singapore and veteran Natiphon Srithong of Thailand by two strokes.
The 54-hole women’s play get going on Wednesday. The Philippines will be represented by a very young team—Bianca Isabel Pagdanganan (17), Lou Danielle Uy (18) and Harmie Nicole Constantino (13).