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Former national champion Ferdie Aunzo

Former national champion Ferdie Aunzo came charging home with a three-under par 69 to tie unfancied Louie Dacudao and Rolando Marabe in the lead, one shot ahead of top pick Frankie Minoza at the start of the ICTSI Pueblo de Oro Championships at the Pueblo de Oro Golf and Country Club here yesterday.

Aunzo, the former amateur hotshot who joined the pro ranks early this year with not much success, birdied three of the last five holes in one of the late afternoon flights to catch up with Marabe and Dacudao, two of the least fancied bets in the P1-million event.

Dacudao and Marabe took advantage of an early windless morning tee-off to humble the star-studded field that included Minoza and Artemio Murakami as the pair tried to make up for their missed cut stints in last week’s ICTSI-Apo Classic in Davao.

Minoza, taking a break from his busy schedule on the lucrative Japan PGA Tour, made the most of his vacation by gracing the fourth leg of the 10-stage circuit put up by ICTSI and quickly put himself into contention for the top P200,000 purse with a two-under 70 for solo fourth.

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