CARMONA, Cavite–Peter Stojanovski of Macedonia came out of a near three-hour long wea-ther delay with a cluster of birdies at the back late in the day and matched Tony Lascuña course record-equaling 10-under 62 in morning play as they took a one-shot lead over American Lexus Keoninh at the start of the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Cham-pionship at the Legends course here yesterday.
Stojanovski, who has had a number of mediocre finishes on the Philippine Golf Tour, sizzled early with five birdies in the first eight holes but stumbled with a bogey on the ninth before play was stopped due to lightning, enabling Lascuña and Keoninh to take the 1-2 post with one-third of the 110-player starting field still to complete play.
But the stoppage failed to slow down Stojanovski, who resumed his birdie-binge on Nos. 10, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 18 to close out with a 30 and a 62 that earned him a share of first round honors in the $60,000 event sponsored by ICTSI.
Lascuña earlier put on a dazzling show of iron play and putting and produced the first 62 that tied American John Michael O’Toole’s feat in this same tournament last year where no local player finished no better than 13th, leading the assault on the bunker-laden course that lay defenseless in the absence of the wind.
Keoninh raced ahead of the pack with a 63 that also featured 10 birdies against a bogey until Las-cuña confidently rolled in two long putts on Nos. 17 and 18 to cap a brilliant bogey-free 31-31 card that shoved him past the Ame-rican in the early going of the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.