ADT: Masrin clings on to lead

Thu 21 Apr 2016

ADT: Masrin clings on to lead

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Cavite, Philippines, April 21: Overnight leader Danny Masrin stood tall amidst the windy conditions to sign for a battling even-par 72 and lead by one shot at the halfway stage of the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic on Thursday.
The 23-year-old Masrin, who held a two-shot advantage heading into the round, marked his card with five birdies against two double-bogeys and one bogey for a two-day total of four-under-par 140 at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club.
Guido Van Der Valk of the Netherlands returned with the day’s best score of 68 to sit in second place while local prospect Marvin Dumandan (70) and Janne Kaske (71) of Finland shared third on 142 at the US$60,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Filipino James Ryan Lam, Lindsay Renolds of Canada, American John Catlin and Kasidit Lepkurte of Thailand were among those bunched a further shot back in fifth place at the wind-swept ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic.
Despite failing to repeat his opening day heroics, Masrin was delighted to remain in control as he continues his search for a breakthrough win on the region’s burgeoning Tour.
“I started well. It wasn’t as windy on the front nine as compared to yesterday so that was an advantage for me. I made a couple of mistakes at the turn. I missed the green on the ninth and hit it into the bunker. I chipped it out but three-putted for double-bogey and I bogeyed 10 as well,” said Masrin.
Masrin looked poised for another good showing when he fired three birdies in his first eight holes but fell victim to costly double-bogeys on ninth and 14, as well as a bogey on 10. The young talent, however, redeemed himself with birdies on 15 and 18 to ensure his place atop the leaderboard.
“I told myself to try and recover from there as there is no perfect golf especially playing in such tough conditions. It wasn’t easy as it got windier on the back but I stayed patient out there. I will try and grab all the opportunities I have, keep the ball in play and stay patient again tomorrow,” added the young Indonesian, who joined the play-for-pay ranks in 2015.
Starting from the 10, Van Der Valk nailed four birdies against three bogeys to turn in 35. He dropped another shot on the third hole but recovered brilliantly when he birdied the fifth and closed out with three straight birdies.
“I made quite a number of birdies out there. It was easier this morning compared to yesterday as it was less windy. I was able to hit the ball close and I left myself with putts that were all within 15-feet. I am very happy with how I played today, especially the way I finished,” said the 36-year-old Dutchman, a former winner on the ADT in 2011.
A total of 57 players, including one amateur, made the halfway cut set at six-over-par 150 at the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic, which is the 11th leg of the 2016 ADT schedule and also the Tour’s second stop in the Philippines this season.
The ADT will continue to reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2017.
Like all other ADT events, the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic will offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points, which will be key for players vying to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Ends.
Leading second round scores:
140 - Danny MASRIN (INA) 68 72
141 - Guido VAN DER VALK (NED) 73 68
142 - Marvin DUMANDAN (PHI) 72 70, Janne KASKE (FIN) 71 71
143 - James Ryan LAM (PHI) 72 71, Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 74 69, Kasidit LEPKURTE (THA) 71 72, Toru NAKAJIMA (JPN) 73 70, John CATLIN (USA) 73 70, Oscar ZETTERWALL (SWE) 71 72, Jarin TODD (USA) 72 71
144 - Samuel CHIEN (USA) 72 72, Jay BAYRON (PHI) 71 73
145 - Michael BIBAT (PHI) 70 75, Benjie MAGADA (PHI) 73 72, Paul HARRIS (USA) 72 73
146 - Charles HONG (PHI) 75 71, Anthony FERNANDO (PHI) 73 73, Orlan SUMCAD (PHI) 73 73, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 74 72, Christopher CANNON (ENG) 74 72
147 - Clyde MONDILLA (PHI) 77 70, Nicolas PAEZ (USA) 76 71, Yuta SUDO (JPN) 72 75, Randy GARALDE (PHI) 71 76, John Michael O'TOOLE (USA) 74 73, Arnold VILLACENCIO (PHI) 75 72, Khalin JOSHI (IND) 73 74
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.