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Ira Christian Alido claims Philippines W Express RVF Cup
Ira Christian Alido <br>(NGA of the Philippines)
Ira Christian Alido
(NGA of the Philippines)
LAGUNA, Philippines (February 10, 2017) -- An even-par final day was good enough for Ira Christian Alido as he claimed the Philippines W Express RVF Cup Amateur. With his final day even-par 72 at Canlubang Golf and Country Club Alido was able to finish 6 under and two shots in front of the 4 under Hyung Joo Kim.

Alido started his day with a two shot but quickly gave it back with a first hole double-bogey. However, from there Alido was sharp playing 2 under golf the rest of the way with his bounce back starting with a birdie on No. 2.

Weiwei Gao was third at 3 under while Yuto Katsuragawa and Ruperto Zaragosa shared fourth at 2 under.

In the Women's Division Harmie Constantino rallied from four down to finish atop the leaderboard. Constantino blew past third round leader Jeong-Min Hwang thanks to a final round 3-under 69 that saw her post a 1 over tally for the week.

Hwang ended up 3 over and in second place two behind while Yuka Saso was third at 5 over.

ROUND THREE RECAP

With his best round yet Ira Christian Alido continues to lead the way at the Philippines W Express RVF Cup Amateur. On Thursday at Canlubang Golf and Country Club Alido fired a third round 3-under 69 to move to 6 under and he will now carry a two-stroke lead into the final round.

Alido came roaring out of the gates with second and third hole birdies before turning in 1-under 35. A bogey on the 11th dropped Alido back to even-par for the round but a surge was on the horizon and it began on the ensuing hole.

First Alido rolled in a 12th hole birdie, then on the par-4 13th he carded an eagle before capping the 4 under in three hole stretch run with a 14th hole birdie. A string of pars and a last hole bogey followed as Alido shot a back nine 2-under 34.

Ruperto Zaragosa moved into solo second place with a 4-under 68 that brought him to 4 under and two off the pace. Hyung-Joo Kim moved into third with a 4-under 68 of his own to reach 2 under for the tournament.

For the third straight day the lead in the Women's Division has changed hands and now leading the way it is Jeong-Min Hwang. Sitting at even-par Hwang leads 36-hole pace setter Harmie Constantino by four-strokes with one day left to play.

ROUND TWO RECAP

The Philippines W Express RVF Cup Amateur is still far from over but at the midway point Ira Christian Alido has to be feeling pretty good about himself. With his second consecutive under-par round Alido has moved to 3 under and as they only player in red figures he is the three-stroke leader.

Playing at Canlubang Golf and Country Club Alido shot a second round 1-under 71 that included six birdied and five bogeys. The seesaw round lasted until the closing hole when Alido carded his final bird of the round.

Alido made some news in 2015 when as a 14-year-old he won the Faldo Series Philippines Championship by rallying from 10 strokes back with nine holes remaining.

Jolo Timothy Magcalayo and Ruperto Zaragosa are even-par and tied for second.

In the Women's Division Harmie Constantino took over the lead with the round of the tournament, a 3-under 69. Harmie used a five birdie, two bogey round to move into the lead by one at even-par.

First round co-leader Mikhaela Fortuna is in second place.

ROUND ONE RECAP

Ira Christian Alido shot a first round 2-under 70 to take the opening day lead at the Philippines W Express RVF Cup Amateur. Playing at Canlubang Golf and Country Club, Alido will carry a one stroke lead into the second round over four others at 1 under.

On Monday Alido rolled in five birdies to offset three bogeys. The birdies for Alido came on the 2nd, 6th, 8th, 10th and 15th holes.

In the Women's Division Mikhaela Fortuna and Bernice Ilas-Olivarez are tied for the lead at 2 over. The duo leads a trio of players by a shot.

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