Shinichi Suzuki and Gabie Rosca clinched the IMG Academy Junior Qualifiers second batch top honors last Sunday at the Club Intramuros in Manila.
Suzuki finished with 223, banking on rounds of 74-76-73, to top the Class C division and earned a slot to the IMG Academy Junior World Championship in San Diego, California in July.
Suzuki joins the 44 total qualifiers to represent the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines and our country in the prestigious annual Junior World Golf Championships. The 28 slots were contested and decided last weekend at the Club Intramuros Golf Club and Riviera Sports Club to join the other 16 qualifiers in Eagleridge the previous week.
He was followed by Patrick Gene Tambalque at second position with 231 (71-78-82) and won via playoff over Luis Anton Ballesteros with 231 (80-75-76). Rafael Leonio settled for fourth with 234 (76-85-73).
Rosca sizzled with 221 to top the distaff with her 72-79-70 three-day performance and beat Mikhaella Constantino by five strokes at 226 (75-77-74).
Celine Abalos wound up at third with 233 (75-74-84) while Reese Allyson Ng shot a 235 (71-87-77).
In Class D, Clement Ordeneza scored a final round 73 to finish with 224, counting rounds of 72 and 79, to claim the crown in his division.
Rajah Crisostomo followed with 225 (79-72-74) at second, Geoffrey Drew Tan with 225 (69-79-77) at third, and Marc Kristoffer Nadales with 231 (79-75-77) at fourth.
Francesca Nicole Gan shone in the Girl’s division with her 246 (85-81-80) and Christiane Monique Ong with 248 (84-85-79). Tashanah Balangauan grabbed the third spot with 256 (94-84-78) while Kendra Garingalao shot a 294 (97-96-101).
Qualifiers and winners over at the Riviera Sports Club were Girl’s 7-8 Division champion Lisa Sarines (63-70-70m 203), Mona Sarines (68-68-69, 205), and Keira Justine Que (73-77-68, 218).
Other winners in Class E were Ralph Rian Batican (201), Vito Sarines (201) and Ahn Chan (214).
Rafella Adrienna Batican (259), Maria Brianna Macasaet (271), and Mikaela Felice Torres (302) grabbed the slots in Class F while Ryuji Sukuzi (184), Lucas Miguel Garcia (250), and Mico Deltheo Woo (257).