Composure and grace under pressure turned out to be the key to the victory of Jobim Carlos and Inigo Raymundo in NGAP’s fifth National Doubles Amateur Golf Championship at Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club in Quezon City.
While Aidric Chan and Ira Alido cracked under pressure and missed a par putt from two feet Carlos came through with a superb approach shot to set up a three-footer for birdie for Raymundo.
That birdie-bogey swing on the closing par-5 of the par-68 layout completed Carlos and Raymundo’s come-from-behind victory in a thrilling ending to the duo’s title quest but a horrible finish for the Chan-Alido tandem in the centerpiece Group I of the National Golf Association of the Philippines’ final event in the season.
That closing birdie saved Raymundo and Carlos a two-over 70 in the deciding alternate shot format for a 274 aggregate, including a 64 in the opening best ball and a 140 in the aggregate Monday, while the final hole mishap gave Chan and Alido a 71 for a 275.
Jama Reyes and Tom King turned in a 74 to place third at 285, Ryan Monsalve and Lanz Uy hobbled with a 77 for a 286 while Raymart Tolentino and Carlo Villaroman rallied with a 72 for a 288 to snatch fifth place in the event held under the PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour and sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation, Smart, PLDT and Metro Pacific Investment Corp.
Justin Quiban and Miguel Shah ended up sixth at 290 after a 78 while last year’s winner Rupert Zaragosa and new partner Joey Magcalayo struggled with a 77 for a 291 and Eddie Bagtas and Jolo Magcalayo placed eighth at 292 after a 79.
After a rollercoaster frontside battle, Chan and Alido took a two-shot lead with birdies on Nos. 10 and 12 and held on to it by matching their rivals pars in the next four holes. But they lost a stroke on the par-3 17th on a bogey-double bogey swing then blew it all with that final hole Chan miscue from short range.