LAUREL, Batangas — Rey Pagunsan forged an early solid partnership with reigning national junior champion Aidric Chan as they combined for a two-under 70 to grab a two-stroke lead over siblings Daniella and Lanz Uy after the morning batch at the start of the Delimondo National Pro-Am at Splendido Taal Golf Club here yesterday.

The duo kicked off their bid on No. 16 in the first of two shotgun starts and overcame a double bogey on the 18th on a wild drive with three pairs of back-to-back birdies against another double bogey to seize early control with the dreaded Splendido wind hardly felt in morning play.

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Rey Pagunsan (L) and Aidric Chan (R)

Still, the rest of the first half of the 107-team starting field groped at the rolling, hazard-laden layout with the brother-sister tandem of Daniella and Lanz, who birdied their opening hole on No. 7 then added another feat on No. 10, wavered at the finish, ending up with back-to-back bogeys from No. 4.

They missed joining the Pagunsan-Chua pair at the helm and slipped to provisional second at 72 with the tested pair of Tonton Asistio and Judson Eustaquio.

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