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Hong tops Samsung Amateur by three

MANILA, Philippines - Charles Hong pounced on the misfortunes of Aristeo Mata and Park Jung-soo on the closing holes to pull off a three-stroke victory in the championship division of the recent Samsung Amateur Golf Open Eastridge Golf Club course in Binangonan, Rizal.

Hong finished birdie-par-par for a four-over-par 76 in the difficult conditions and escaped with the win when Mata bogeyed the last two holes and first round co-leader Park took a horrific double-par 6 on the par-3 16th.

Hong’s 149 total after a 73 on Tuesday was three better than the 152 of Mata, who also had a 76 playing in the flight behind the final foursome. Park, scoring an 81-154, wound up fourth behind third finisher Ariel Villasensio who matched the 152 of Mata but lost in the countback.

Former jungolfer Matet Salivio was impressive in posting a six-stroke victory in ladies Class A. She carded a tournament-best 72 for 146, up by six over Inez del Rosario.

Boy Castro’s Class D win, meanwhile, was just as exciting. Castro edged past Randy Cabangon with a two-shot swing on the last hole as he carded a 97-189 against the 102-190. Carlos Packing (87-174) won Class C by four over Joel Ignacio (84-178).

Roger Telan provided an interesting sidelight to the tourney also supported by Glucos Care, A Round of Golf, Inquirer Golf, Omnisource International, International Armouring Corp. and BCLN Golf. Minor sponsors are Dynamic Sports and Leisure, Titleist, Custom Clubmakers, ABW Leaves of Life, CranUTI and Gargol.

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Telan was being called for a playoff against eventual Class B champion Ben Liclican when the former voluntarily disqualified himself for a wrong entry in his first day scorecard. He had signed for an 81 instead of 82.

“Roger’s honesty is welcome relief for us golfers at a time when cheating issues are plaguing the local golf scene,” said event organizer Boy Blue Ocampo.

The other winners in the ladies category were Jonah Ilagan in Class B and Sheryll Crystal in Class C

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