Corpus eyes back-to-back

Carl Corpus

Carl Corpus hopes to snap a string of mediocre finishes as he shoots for back-to-back title feat in the Philippine Amateur Open Match Play Championship unfolding tomorrow at the Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac.

Corpus charged back late to turn back Aniceto Mandanas and snare the crown at the Orchard last year but the 17-year-old shotmaker faces tall odds in his bid for a repeat in the five-day championship sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation.

For one, Corpus has struggled in the first four tournaments in this year’s PLDT Group National Amateur Tour, finishing 10th in the PH Amateur Open Stroke Play at Riviera, sharing sixth place in the W Express RVF Cup in Canlubang, ending up tied for fourth in the Phl Junior Amateur Open at Sherwood, and bowing out in the first round of of the MVPSF Visayas Regional Match Play Championship at Cebu Country Club two weeks ago.

But the former Ateneo stalwart is all geared up for another shot at the Phl Am Match Play crown although he wound need to come up with a strong start in the stroke play elims to gain the needed momentum for the knockout matches beginning Wednesday.

The top 16 in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions after the 36-hole elims will advance to the match play phase of the event organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines and backed by the PLDT Group, Cignal and Metro Pacific.

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Written by Tempo Online

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