Australia grabs first round lead; PH bets at joint sixth – Manila Bulletin

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Published November 15, 2022, 4:50 PM
by Manila Bulletin Sports
Powerhouse Australia opened up a two-stroke lead over Singapore even as the Philippines got its bid going by sharing sixth place in the opening round of the 29th Nomura Cup Tuesday, Nov. 15. at the Manila Southwoods Masters course in Carmona, Cavite.
Jack Buchanan fired a six-under-par 66 on seven birdies including two on the last three holes and a bogey while Quinnton Bryce Croker added a 60 for Australia’s 135 that propelled the golfers from Down Under past Singapore, who had a 66 from James Leow and a 71 from John Ryan Ang in perfect playing conditions.
Chinese-Taipei and Japan started in third place  at 138 while defending champion Thailand, boosted by a 66 from Arsit Areephun, occupied solo fifth.
The Philippines served notice of its championship potential by sharing sixth spot with Korea, New Zealand and Malaysia but not after its top gun Kristoffer Arevalo muffed a solid front nine charge.
Arevalo birdied five holes in the opening nine and was still five under through 12 holes until he bogeyed four straight holes from the 13th. He managed to birdie the last hole for two-under 70 and with Jacob Rolida making a good account of himself with a steady 71 on his international play debut, the Philippines wound up with a 141 total.
All the Filipino players played well on the first day of the 16-nation event as Elee Bisera chalked up a no-count 72 on five birdies and the same number of bogeys.
Arevalo was tied for seventh in the individual race while Rolida shared 12th and Bisera among those in 18th.
The event is sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation, Smart, PLDT, TV5, PING, the Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippine Olympic Committee, Yamaha, Bettinardi, Gatorade and Hytera. Cignal and One Sports are media partners.
India was 10th at 144, Hong Kong 11th at 145 then came Indonesua (148), Pakistan (154), Guam (157), United Arab Emirates (169) and  Mongolia (176).
The Nomura Cup is part of the APGC’s portfolio of events that also includes the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, Queen Sirikit Cup, APGC Senior Championship, APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporation Cup, Bonallack Trophy and Patsy Hankins Trophy, and the Asia-Pacific Open Diamond Cup Golf on the Japan Golf Tour Organization schedule.
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