Perry Josef Bucay settled for an even-par 70 Wednesday but stayed very much in the mix for the 89th Singha Thailand Amateur Open title midway through at the Panya Indra Golf Club.
Bucay, who fired a 67 to pace after the first round, shot down birdies on Hole Nos. 4, 6 and 10, but bogeyed the eighth, 12th and 16th.
That allowed hometown bet Warut Boonrod to take a two-stroke lead following a spectacular 66 in the second round for 135.
At three-under-par 137 total, Bucay tied for second Thai Nontaphat Veeraticha who had a 67 Wednesday.
Aidric Chan is one shot down after a 68, while Bobe Salahog is tied for 36th firing an even-par 73.
Shinichi Suzuki struggled with a 75 to stay tied for 5th.
In women’s action, Anya Cedo stayed at joint 16th after turning in a one-over-par 71 Wednesday.
She is 10 shots off the Thai leader Alisa Inprasit, whose impressive 64 in the second round boosted her total to nine-under 131.
Teenager Ally Gaccion struggled with a three-over 73 to slide down to joint 35th after tallying 146 over the past two days.
Accompanying the contingent is national coach Boyet Zaragosa.
“The NGAP is committed to provide our top amateur standouts the international exposure they need to keep them competitive against the rest of the region,” National Golf Association of the Philippines secretary general Bones Floro.
“We will make our presence felt in the major events in Asia, and possibly the world.”