LIPA City–Angelo Que pounded Mt. Malarayat’s composite course with another superb all-around game, breaking off a tie with Clyde Mondilla and wresting a three-stroke lead despite a bogey finish for a four-under 68 halfway through the ICTSI Classic here yesterday.
Three birdies to close out the Mt. Makulot backside shoved the power-hitting Que to the solo lead as Mondilla wavered with a 37 in a separate flight and the former three-time Asian Tour winner held sway at the Mt. Lobo side with three more birdies against two bogeys for a 35-33 card.
He pooled an 11-under 133 and readied himself for an expected charge of the big guns in the last 36 holes of the P2 million championship.
“I’m good and will play the same game – hit the fairways and greens and make the most of my birdie opportunities,” said Que, who missed making it a four-stroke lead on a missed green mishap on the ninth.
Mondilla needed a fiery windup – three birdies in the last four holes – at Mt. Lobo to save a 71 but the Southwoods and Philippine Masters winner, who matched Que’s opening 65, fell three shots behind at 136 in a tie with Australian Nathan Park, who two of the last eight holes to turn in a second 68.
Six other players also sustained their form and turned in under-par scores with hardly a breeze to challenge the elite field for the second straight day while a slew of others rebounded from over par cards with sub-par outputs at the well-maintained layout.
Joenard Rates, out to snap a three-year title slump, and Jerson Balasabas, seeking a breakthrough win in the circuit sponsored by ICTSI, shot identical 70s and remained tied at 139, the same output put in by Omar Dungca and Jun Bernis, who fought back from 74 and 73 with 65 and 66, respectively.