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TAN, TAMBALQUE TAKE LEAD IN IMG ACADEMY JUNIOR WORLD QUALIFYING OPENER IN THE 12 YEARS OLD AND BELOW AGE GROUPS.

Geoffrey Tan shot a three-over 69 while Patrick Tambalque and Reese Ng had five-over 71 to open the second batch of 2020 IMG Academy Junior Qualifiers on Friday at the Club Intramuros in Manila.

Tan, who is playing in the Boys’ 9-10 division, scored a 34 and 35 to pump up his three-day campaign on a good note.

He was followed by Clement Ordeneza with 72 and Jakob Taruc with 78.

Christiane Monique Ong made an 84 followed by Francesca Nicole Gan with 85 and Tashanah Balangauan with 94 in the Girls’ 9-10.

Tambalque seized an early three-stroke lead, banking on rounds of 38 and 33, against the 74 of Shinichi Suzuki and the 76 of Rafael Leonio in the Class C boy’s category.

Reese Ng, who’s playing in the girls’ 11-12, powered a 71, just 1 stroke ahead of Gabie Rosca who shot a 72, while trailing 3 strokes behind Rosca are Celine Abalos and Mikha Constantino with their 75.

Over in Silang, Cavite, Vito Sarines and Ralph Batican shot an identical eight-over 68s while Jose Gomez produced a 71 at the short but challenging Riviera Sports Club Golf Course, which hosts the Classes E and F.

Lisa Sarines led the campaign in the Girls’ 7-8 with her 63 followed by Mona Sarines with 68 and Keira Que with 73.

In the Boy’s 6-under, where the par of the course is 58, Ryuji Suzuki sizzled with a three-over 61, leading by 22 strokes off Lucas Garcia with 83 and Mico Woo with 85.

Maria Brianna Macasaet shot an identical 87 with Rafella Adrienne Batican followed by Mikaela Felice Torres with 105 at third.

The action continues for the penultimate round, where winners will get a chance to represent the country to the IMG Academy Junior World Championships set on July 6 to 10 in San Diego, California.

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