LJ Go toughened up in the stretch and nipped Carl Corpus with a clutch par on the first extra hole to advance to the finals of the third MVPSF Visayas Regional Match Play Championship at the Cebu Country Club yesterday.
Go, the former PH Amateur Open champion, actually trailed Corpus in regulation, going 2-down with a bogey on No. 6. But he took the seventh and ninth holes and forced an all-square game with a par on the par-5 15. The duo parred the last two to extend the match.
But the recent topnotcher in the Philippine Golf Tour Q-School advanced with a par on their second trip at the par-4 No. 1 as Corpus holed out with a bogey, keeping Go on track for the crown in the event sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation and held as part of the PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour.
No. 11 Joaquin Velez also hacked out a 1-up victory on the 19th hole over Martin Mendoza to seal a showdown with the top-seeded Go in the tournament organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.