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Paolo Barro, Kayla Nocum break away in Philippine Juniors Amateur Open Golf Championships.

Paolo Barro, Kayla Nocum break away in Philippine Juniors Amateur Open Golf Championships !-- -- (The Philippine Star) - April 4, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines Paolo Barro survived the tough backside test that stymied the bids of a horde of rivals as he pulled away by five despite a 74 while Kayla Nocum sizzled at the front to shoot a 69 and get past Junia Gabasa midway through the Philippine Junior Amateur Open Golf Championships at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Trece Martires, Cavite yesterday. Barro rebounded from a three-bogey, one-birdie stint at the front with two birdies against the same number of bogeys.

His closing 36 proved to be the best in exacting conditions as he moved from second to the top at 147 heading to the final 36 holes of the Albatross division (15-18) in the third leg of this year's PLDT Group National Amateur Tour. Sean Ramos fought back from a mediocre opening 77 with a frontside 35 but hobbled with four bogeys in a birdie-less backside windup of 40, settling for a 75 and second but five shots behind at 152. Aidric Chan and Carl Corpus, two of the pre-tournament favorites, moved to joint third with 153s after a 75 (36-39) and 77 (40-37), respectively.

Paolo Wong, who set the pace with a 72 Tuesday, failed to recover from a 39 start and limped with a 42 for an 81. He dropped to Chan and Corpus' group, now six strokes off the new leader in the 72-hole championship organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines. Josh Jorge also shot a 75 but stood too far behind at 156 while the rest continued to sputter in challenging conditions at one of the country's toughest courses.

But Nocum tamed the frontside with three birdies then held sway with a birdie-bogey backside for a 69, grabbing a one-stroke lead at 146 in the girls' side of the centerpiece division of the event sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation, PLDT Group, Cignal and Metro Pacific. Erstwhile leader Junia Gabasa reeled with bogeys in the last two holes and wound up with a 73, slipping to second at 147 with Korean Kang da Yun and Maria Tee at 151.

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Publication:Philippines Star (Manila, Philippines)
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Apr 3, 2019
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