Chan & Corpus help PH qualify for world meet after placing 2nd in Asian tourney

September 20, 2018
Bobbet Bruce of Inquirer Golf

(L-R) Carl Corpus, Sean Ramos, Aidric Chan, Paolo Wong

It was a sweet 2nd place finish for the Philippine Boys Team composed of cousins Aidric Jose Chan and Carl Jano Corpus from Ateneo, Sean Jean Ramos from DLSZ, and Baguio's Luigi Paolo Wong in the Asian Junior Team Championship held at Gunsan Country Club, Gunsan City, South Korea this September 17-19, 2018. The big finish qualifies them to the World Junior Team Championship (also known as the Toyota World Cup) in June 2019.

It was a cardiac finish at the final round with Team Philippines finishing only one stroke ahead of Thailand's come from behind 3rd place finish over Korea. Tournament champion Japan was hard to catch with solid scoring from almost all of their players. Team PH was led by Aidric Chan for three days, who finished 3rd in the individual with a -1, 1, and 1 scoring while cousin Carl Corpus made a huge contribution with his last day -2 par score which was complemented by Paolo Wong's 3 over par at the last day. Team Ph started day 1 behind Japan and Korea with a combined score of 4 over par (Aidric Chan -1, Sean Ramos 1 over, and Paolo Wong 4 over). It was in the windy day 2 where Team PH made a move and went up Korea and Thailand with 7 over par (Aidric Chan 1 over, Carl Corpus 2 over, and Sean Ramos 4 over par). On the final day, it was a Carl Corpus show with his -2 finish at the back 9 and the steady play of team anchor Aidric Chan that carried the team to the qualifier. But the drama came all at the last hole since Thailand rallied to tie Team PH and loomed a possible loss by countback. Aidric then shot 2-on the difficult par 5 18th for his eagle put that could seal the slot for the World Cup. Aidric missed the eagle putt but cushioned the team with a point differential over Thailand with a birdie. Carl then had to par the last to seal it, and so he did.
This is a historic finish for our junior boys team backed by the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines (JGFP) since this will be the first appearance of the Philippines in the boys division of the prestigious World Junior Team Championships.