2017 ICTSI Riviera Classic (PGTA): Mondilla keeps 2-shot clubhouse lead

Clyde Mondilla hopes to build enough cushion at resumption of his unfinished second round

SILANG, Cavite – Clyde Mondilla took a gamble in the dark and lost but vowed to win it all in daylight in two days time.

Mondilla came out of the two-hour weather delay in fierce form, firing two birdies but holed out with a bogey on No. 9 in dusk and settled for an even par 71, keeping a two-stroke clubhouse lead as play was suspended due to darkness in second round of the ICTSI Riviera Classic at the Langer course yesterday.

A number of flights got stranded following a two-hour delay due to threats of lightning late in the afternoon, including that of Mondilla, but the Del Monte ace, who took control with a bogey-free 65 Wednesday, opted to finish his round despite poor visibility.

“I couldn’t see the line of my putt on the last hole and made bogey,” rued Mondilla, whose even par card kept him in the lead at 136 halfway through the $100,000 event serving as the third leg of the PGT Asia Tour sponsored by ICTSI.

Michael Bibat matched Mondilla’s solid opening round output and moved to second at 138 with Korean amateur and club bet Tom Kim also pooling a four-under overall with three holes to play.

Marvin Dumandan finds himself the surprise clubhouse lead in weather-delayed second round.

Ira Alido, who trailed Mondilla by two with a 67 start, fumbled with a two-over after 15 holes with the rookie and club pro hoping to gain a stroke or two at the completion of their rounds early today.

Arnold Villacencio shot a 69 and tied former club pro Marvin Dumandan, who carded a second straight one-under 70, at 140 while Charles Hong took advantage of an early morning start and fired a bogey-free 68 for a 141.

Unheralded Omar Dungca hobbled with a 72 for a 142.

Jay Bayron, winner here in the ICTSI Philippine Gofl Tour last year, turned in a 72 for a 143 with brother Rufino Bayron also assembling a one-over overall with three holes to play along with Tony Lascuña, who had an even par card after 15 holes.

Others with completed 36 holes were Paul Echavez (71-144), Colombian Wolmer Murillo (74-144). Erwin Arcillas (75-145), Jerson Balasabas (76-145), Jaime Clavijo, also of Colombia, (74-145), Indonesian Elki Kow (73-145), Justin Quiban (68-145), Aussie Andy Chu (71-146), DJ Loypur, also of Australia, (74-146), Gerald Rosales (73-146), Rico Depilo (73-147) and Randy Garalde (72-147).

Rene Menor, winner of last week’s PGTA Splendido Classic, had a three-over card and five-over overall with three holes to play in the 72-hole championship backed by Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Champion, Summit Mineral Water, K&G Golf Apparel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT and M.Y. Shokai Technology, Inc.

Mondilla looked headed for another explosive round as he birdied the par-5 10th for the second straight but hit errant shots and bogeyed Nos. 12 and 14 before the organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. halted play due to threats of lightning.

At resumption, Mondilla, winner of two legs in the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour this year, birdied the 16th and No. 2 then rattled off a slew of pars – six – only to drop another shot on the last at nightfall.