Jonas Christian Magcalayo of the Philippines fired a 1-under-par 71 on Wednesday that sparked his drive for men's division honors in the 17th World University Golf Championships at Pradera Verde Golf and Country Club in Lubao, Pampanga.
A veteran of last year's Taipei Universiade golf tournament, Magcalayo carded nines of 35 and 36 to share fourth to seventh places, making up for the failure of heralded teammate Rupert Zaragosa to deliver in his debut in the event.
The multi-titled Zaragoza, of Lyceum of the Philippines University and a mainstay of the national team, stumbled with a 77, one shot off Technological University of the Philippines's Lanz William Uy, who tallied 76.
Magcalayo, 21, a Construction Engineering student of Mapua University, could have fared better if it weren't for a double bogey on the 17th hole.
“I was 3-under going to the 17th but I think the adrenaline was getting to me and suddenly I double-bogeyed,” said Magcalayo, who submitted a 3-round 9-over 225 in the Taipei edition.
Magcalayo made 4 birdies, a bogey and a double bogey to trail Swiss player Henry Tschopp, who shot an eagle-spiked 68, by 3 strokes in the tournament organized by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) and sanctioned by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
Taisei Shimizu of Japan was at second following a 69 highlighted by 6 birdies, while Matthew Cheung of Hong Kong hit a 70 laced by 2 eagles and 2 birdies.
In team play, Japan leaned on Shimizu and Daiki Imano to tally a 141 and share the lead with Hong Kong.
In women's action, Elodie Chapelet of France and Hei Name Isabella Leung of Hong Kong shared top spot with a 1-over 73.
The Philippines’ Annika Victoria Guangko and Denise Angela Pineda were too distant to contend with 93 and 95, respectively.
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