Luis Castro (center) holds his huge trophy as he poses with Sean Ramos (left) and Gab Manotoc after they swept the individual and team championships in the Indonesia Amateur Open.
Luis Castro bags individual crown, powers Philippine to team title
Dante Navarro (The Philippine Star) - August 18, 2019 - 12:00am

Indonesia amateur open

MANILA, Philippines — Luis Castro rode on a fiery frontside charge then closed out with a string of pars to card a second straight 71, capture the individual crown and power the Philippines to the team championship in the Indonesia Amateur Open 2019 at the Gading Raya Golf in Jawa Barat, West Java last Friday.

Castro banked on his five-under 67 to gain a share of the lead with Singapore’s Low Wee Jin halfway through the 72-hole championship then wrested control in the third round with that 71 and a 207 as Jin fumbled with a 75-211.

Justin Kuk, also of Singapore, took the challenger’s role at 210 with a 71 but failed to match Castro’s hot start of three birdies in the first eight holes in the final round, enabling the Filipino shotmaker to coast to victory at 278.

Lucius Toh recovered from 72-71 start with a third round 69 but ran out of holes in a desperate bid to chase Castro. He wound up with a 68 and finished tied for second with Jin, who rallied with a 69, at 280.

Sean Ramos, priming up for the Manila SEA Games in December, shot the best score in the final round with a 67 and salvaged joint sixth at 285 with Japanese Yuto Watanabe (68) and local bet Alfred Sitohang (73) with Malaysia’s Adam Arif Bin Madzri taking fourth place at 281 after a 69 and Kuk settling for fifth at 283 after a 73.

With Gab Manotoc pooling a 292 after a 71 for joint 13th, the Philippines, whose sterling campaign was sanctioned and supported by the National Golf Association of the Philippines, also ran away with the team championship with a 561 total, beating Singapore by two in the three-to-play, two-to-count format event.

“We are so happy and proud of our team’s awesome performance. Certainly reinforces our bid for Gold at the SEA Games,” said NGAP sec-gen Bones Floro.

Manotoc opened with a 71 and counted with Castro (69) in the first round for a 140.

GOLF INDONESIA AMATEUR OPEN 2019 LUIS CASTRO
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