Fernando pulls ahead after carding even-par in third round

PETALING JAYA: Overnight joint leader Mhark Fernando of Philippines pulled ahead after the third round of the 108th Malaysian Amateur Open golf championships at the Damai Laut Golf and Country Club in Lumut yesterday.

Fernando who shared the lead with Malaysia’s Mohd Ilya Jamil on Friday, carded two birdies on the second and third holes before hitting two bogeys on the eighth and 10th to card an even-par 72 yesterday for a three-day total of six-under 210.

“I had an average game today. There’s no pressure but the hot weather and humidity affected my game,” said the 28-year-old Fernando.

Ilya, meanwhile, started rather well with birdies at the first, second and fourth holes to lead Fernando by a stroke after four holes.

However, the national trainee surrendered his advantage after a bogey on the seventh and was further behind Fernando after a double-bogey at the ninth hole.

Iylia then dropped two more shots at the tenth and 17th holes but finish on a high with a birdie at the final hole.

“I lost my composure in the middle of the round but managed to pull through,” said Iylia, who is still confident of his chances in the final round today.

“I’m going to concentrate on my game tomorrow (today) and I hope to finish the day with the trophy for the country.”

Filipino Peter Villaber maintained third place despite coming back with a two-over 74 while national golfer Gavin Kyle Green chalked up a two-over 75 to share fourth place with Filipino Jessie Balasabas on one-over 217.

In the women’s competition, Malaysia’s Sharon Lau and Thai Yupaporn Kawinpakorn shared the lead with a two-day total of 144.

Sharon returned a one-under 71 yesterday while Yupaporn shot an even-par 72.

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