Bayron Fires 67, Bags Title

Jay Bayron rallied with a five-under par 67 yesterday to win the inaugural Bili Maybank ADT Challenge at the Imperial Golf Club in Jakarta.

Bayron finished the three-day event at 12-under par 204, one shot ahead of overnight leader Nicholas Fung of Malaysia who closed out with a 71.

The victory was worth $8,750 (about P367,500) for Bayron.

Jhonnel Ababa shot the day's best round - a 64 - to climb to third place at 206 and pocket $3,500 (about P147,000).

Tied for fourth at 207 were Malaysian Danny Chia (66) and Australian Unho Park (67).

Michael Bibat shot a 65 to place solo sixth at 207 while Tony Lascuna (67) led a four-man logjam for eighth at 210.

The other Filipino finishers:

Mars Pucay tied for 12th, 70-211; Charles Hong tied for 21st, 73-215; Mhark Fernando tied for 218, 73-218; and Santos-Ocampo tied for 44th, 75-220.

Meanwhile, Fil-American Rico Hoey completed the country's hattrick of victories in the Callaway Junior World golf championships.

Hoey upset tournament favorite Beau Hossler Jr. with a couple of big, bold shots on the closing holes in winning the 15-17 years division at the Torrey Pines south course on Friday (Saturday in Manila).

Born and raised by Filipino parents in Southern California, the 16-year-old Hoey capped a closing three-under-par 69 with a two-putt birdie on the water-laced 18th hole to beat Hossler, best remembered for briefly holding the lead in the third round of the US Open over the PGA Tour stars at the Olympic Club in San Francisco last month, by a stroke.

Hoey finished at 286 for his third title in the Junior World after ruling the 9-10 and 11-12 age-groups while Hossler wound up at 287 after a 73. Gio Gandionco, the top gun of the 42-strong Philippine contingent, ballooned to an 81 and finished tied for 39th out of the 53 survivors of the third round cut-off.

Hoey's victory came on the heels of scintillating victories posted by Jed Dy in the boys 7-8 years and Bernice Olivarez-Ilas in the girls 9-10 years on Thursday aside from three other top 10 finishes by Mia Legaspi and Sam Martinez (girls 13-14) and Harmie Constantino (girls 11-12).

The strong performance elicited a congratulatory message from jungolf's foremost patron, Ricky Razon of the International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

''Congratulations and job well done,'' Razon said in a text message sent to delegation head and Jungolf Foundation of the Philippines president Luigi Tabuena.

The ICTSI support has allowed JGFP to expand its year-round circuit and provide jungolfers the opportunity to hone their talents for international events. Philippine Airlines also provides category champions of the local Junior World qualifying free tickets to Los Angeles.

Tabuena was able to get in touch with Hoey's father Dickie who was a classmate in high school at La Salle Greehills.

Meanwhile, Thailand's Benyapa Niphatsophon won the girls 15-17 years by seven strokes at Torrey Pines north. RP bets Andie Unson (78-300) and Princess Superal (78-301) came in tied for 30th and 32nd, respectively.


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