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Lascuña stops Go, Salvador, cops ICTSI Negros crown

Tony Lascuna raises his arms in triumph after racking up another victory at ICTSI Negros Occidental Classic.(pr)
Tony Lascuna raises his arms in triumph after racking up another victory at ICTSI Negros Occidental Classic.(pr)

BACOLOD – Davao’s Tony Lascuña whisked off an early threat from townmate Elmer Salvador and amateur Lloyd Go with a cluster of birdies from No. 6 then cruised to a four-shot romp with a closing three-under 67 in another dominating performance at the ICTSI Negros Occidental Classic here, Saturday.
With Salvador and Go pulling to within one from five strokes down with three birdies in the first five holes in separate flights, Lascuña rebounded from a bogey-mishap on No. 4 with birdies on Nos. 6, 7 and 9 and went three-up again with a 33 at the Marapara layout.
It was cruise control from there as Lascuna came through with routine pars and a birdie at the back for a 34 and Salvador and Go, who both made the turn at 31, ran out of steam and firepower and wound up with identical 35s and 66s.
“Elmer and Lloyd threatened in the early going but I made clutch birdies from No. 6 and coasted along at the back,” said Lascuna, who was right on target at 12-under 268 he had predicted to be the winning total in the P1 million event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
The win, adding up to his victories at ICTSI Eagle Ridge and Valley Golf legs of the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., also primed up Lascuna for the Aboitiz Invitational set next month at Riviera, an Asian Development Tour leg.
“I hope to finally contend for an ADT crown. I had near-misses in the past but never really got into contention in the final round. This time, I think I’m ready,” said Lascuna, who tied for 11th at ADT ICTSI Riviera Classic won by Salvador last May. He didn’t see action in the other ADT event, the ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship won by Rufino Bayron last month.
Lascuna took another P200,000 for his latest feat which also firmed up his hold of the Order of Merit lead and a crack at a record third straight OOM crown. Salvador missed clinching solo second with a bogey on the par-5 18th for 272 but still took the P120,000 runner-up prize as Go settled for low amateur honors.
Arnold Villacencio, who finished joint fourth with Lascuna in last week’s ICTSI Iloilo Golf Challenge, matched par 70 and placed fourth again with a 273 worth P65,000 while Ferdie Aunzo fired a 67 and Fil-Am Carl Santos-Ocampo shot a 68 to share fifth place at 274.
Michael Bibat blew a solid four-under card after 10 holes with two bogeys in the last eight and ended up with a 68 for seventh at 275, Orlan Sumcad rallied with a 67 to salvage eighth place at 277 while ICTSI Iloilo leg winner Cassius Casas finally broke par with a 68 to tie Rey Pagunsan, who also shot a 68, at ninth at 279 in the event backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Srixon, FootJoy, It’s More Fun in the Philippines, Callaway, Mizuno, Custom Clubmakers, Titleist, Sharp and KZG with Balls, Pinoygolfer.com, Inquirer Golf and ABS-CBN Sports+Action as media partners.
Go, who threatened to spoil the big guns’ party with a 66 Friday, sustained his form and even showed up Lascuna and Villacencio in the final flight with back-to-back birdies from No. 2. With Lascuna muffing a par-putt bid from seven feet on the fourth, Go birdied No. 5 to move within one.
A flight ahead, Salvador played pressure-free in the company of Aunzo and Santos-Ocampo, birdying Nos. 2, 4 and 5 to likewise pull within one.
But Lascuna matched Go’s birdie on the sixth then knocked down birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 to regain control at the turn.
That was all he needed to wrap up another win as Go and Salvador failed to mount any serious challenge with both hitting just one birdie against a bogey for even 35s and Lascuna burying an eight-footer for birdie on the par-3 13th to cap his 67.(pr)

Davao’s Lascuña takes control as V’cencio wavers  

BACOLOD – Tony Lascuña shouldered himself past a fading Arnold Villacencio with a flawless four-under 66, overhauling a three-stroke deficit for a two-stroke lead and a crack at another crown in the P1 million Negros Occidental Classic at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club here, Friday.
It was actually Lascuna’s second straight bogey-free round after a 68 Thursday tied him with Michael Bibat at second, three shots behind Villacencio halfway through the 72-hole championship. But his 66, coupled with Villacencio’s backside meltdown for a 71, put Lascuna into a familiar place and closer to a third leg title in this year’s ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour.
“Natiyempo lang at nagsabay na maganda ang palo and putting (I was just able to put it all together – driving, irons and putting),” said Lascuna, whose nine-under 201 total moved him 18 holes away from nailing another crown after dominating the ICTSI Eagle Ridge and Valley Golf legs of the circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Villacencio, who launched his bid for a breakthrough win with back-to-back 66s, stayed three shots clear off Lascuna after No. 10 but cracked when the going got tough in the closing holes, making three bogeys for a one-over 71. He dropped to second at 203,
Bibat, who pressed his drive for a second career victory with a 66 in the second round, muffled a couple of birdie putts from close range and made two bogeys in a birdie-less backside stint, He limped home with a 72 and tumbled down to joint sixth at 207.
Amateur Lloyd Go followed up an impressive 67 Thursday with a four-under 66 to force a three-way for third at 206 with Carl Santos-Ocampo, who shot a 67, and Elmer Salvador, who settled for another 70.
But with his fiery round, Go earned a rare spot in the championship flight as he joins Lascuna and Villacencio in the final group with Salvador and Santos-Ocampo relegated to second-to-last flight with Ferdie Aunzo.
“My target is to score 12-under total so I think a three-under card tomorrow (today) will do it. But I want to focus on my game, on each shot, especially on Marapara’s putting surface which is very unpredictable,” said Lascuna.
The ace Davaoeno shotmaker, also gunning for a record third straight Order of Merit crown on the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., actually banked on his putting to wrest control, sinking birdies from 8 feet on Nos. 3, 7 and 15 while rolling in a 16-footer on No. 11.
Villacencio, who cut the dog-leg par-4 No. 6 and made an eagle that anchored his second 66 and put him three shots clear of Lascuna and Bibat halfway through, held sway after 10 holes but lost his putting touch and composure, flubbing par putts from short distance on Nos. 11 and 12 and missed another one from five feet on No. 15 for a 37 and a 71.
“I just struggled with my putting,” said Villacencio, who has squandered a number of winning chances with final round collapses.
“He’s been playing well lately and he really needs a win to toughen him up,” said Lascuna of Villacencio.
Aunzo rebounded with a 67 to tie Jhonnel Ababa, who slowed down with a 70 after a 68 and 79, and Bibat at sixth while Peter Villaber turned in the day’s third 66 to share ninth place with Mhark Fernando, who fired 69, at 209, eight strokes behind.
Orlan Sumcad made a 69 for a 210 while ICTSI Iloilo leg winner Cassius Casas settled for antoher 70 for a 211 aggregate in a tie with Marvin Dumandan (67), Rey Pagunsan (68), ICTSI Sherwood Hills leg winner Charles Hong (69) and Miguel Ochoa, Rolando Marabe and Joey Huerva, who all had 70s.
Other backers o the event are Nike Golf, Pacsports, Srixon, FootJoy, It’s More Fun in the Philippines, Callaway, Mizuno, Custom Clubmakers, Titleist, Sharp and KZG with Balls, Pinoygolfer.com, Inquirer Golf and ABS-CBN Sports+Action as media partners.(pr)

Salvador ties V’cencio at helm with 66

BACOLOD – Title-hungry Arnold Villacencio flubbed a birdie-putt from two feet on No. 8 and settled for a four-under 66, dropping into a tie with Elmer Salvador, one stroke ahead of fancied Tony Lascuna and obscure Chris Mamaril at the start of the P1 million Negros Occidental Classic here, Wednesday.

Eager to sink the putt from just a tap-in distance, Villacencio instead rushed his stroke, the ball lipping the cup to his dismay, stopping him from seizing the solo lead for the first time while enabling the steady Salvador to grab a piece of it.
“I was about to pick up the ball from the hole but it lipped out,” said Villacencio, whose late-hole miscue marred an otherwise blazing frontside finish that saw him birdie the first three holes inside four feet for a 32-34 card at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club course.
Still, it was an impressive opener for the Fernando Air Base Golf Club bet in Lipa City, Batangas, who hit two birdies against a bogey at the back before blitzing the first nine holes of the par-70 Marapara layout with solid driving and superb approach shots.
Four flights behind, Salvador outgunned Lascuña in an early clash of the favorites in the 10th leg of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour, negating his bogey mishap on No. 7 with five birdies, including on the par-3 8th which Villacencio bogeyed to cap a 33-33 round.
Lascuna didn’t fare bad either despite getting outshot by Salvador with the reigning back-to-back Order of Merit champion and winner of two legs in this year’s circuit sponsored by International Container Terminals Services, Inc. gunning down four birdies against a bogey at the back to wrest early control. But after another birdie on No. 6, he also dropped a shot on No. 8 to slip to joint third with Mamaril at 67.
Mamaril, down at No. 57 in the current OOM ranking with poor finishes after nine legs of the tour organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., also sizzled on his homeward trip at the front, firing three birdies from long range against a bogey for a 32 to emerge the surprise bet with a 67.
Jhonnel Ababa, winless since racking up three leg victories in 2012, put himself in early contention with a 68 while pro-am winner Anthony Fernando turned in a one-under 69 to tie Erwin Arcillas, Ferdie Aunzo and one-time winner Michael Bibat at sixth.
Cassius Casas struggled while trying to keep the momentum of his one-stroke victory over Salvador in last week’s ICTSI Iloilo Golf Challenge, missing a couple of birdie chances from close range and finishing with a one-birdie-one-bogey stint for a 70.
Other even par scorers were Paul Echavez, Dante Becierra, Orlan Sumcad, Carl Santos-Ocampo, Jessie Balasabas, Korean Gyuha Park and Zanie Boy Gialon, who nipped Lascuna in a playoff in the rain-shortened edition of this event two years ago.
His confidence boosted by a joint fourth place finish in Iloilo, Villacencio birdied No. 10, dropped a stroke on No. 13, rolled in a six-footer for another birdie on the 17th before rattling off three straight birdies from No. 1. He banged in an eight-footer on the fifth to go five-under but bungled the rare chance for the solo lead on the eighth.
“It was just plain overconfidence,” rued Villacencio, who had two third-place efforts for his best finish in a six-year pro career.
Other backers o the event are Nike Golf, Pacsports, Srixon, FootJoy, It’s More Fun in the Philippines, Callaway, Mizuno, Custom Clubmakers, Titleist, Sharp and KZG with Balls, Pinoygolfer.com, Inquirer Golf and ABS-CBN Sports+Action as media partners.(pr)

Arguelles, Desoyo bag Palawan net crowns

Jose Fernando Arguelles and Valerie Desoyo lived through a pair of three-setters to rule their respective divisions while four others made it two-in-row in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age group tennis circuit presented by Tecnifibre at Center Court Tennis Club in Bacolod last Monday.
The top-seeded Arguelles, playing out of PTA-Bacolod, recovered from a second set meltdown and got back at first leg tormentor Luke Flores, 6-4, 2-6, 10-6, to cop the boys’ 16-and-under crown while No. 2 Desoyo from RSB La Carlota repeated over top ranked Averille Sacapano, 4-6, 6-4, 10-4, in the girls’ 14-and-U finals.
Toni Rose Raymundo of PTA La Carlota also upended Sacapano, 6-3, 6-1, to top the 16-and-U class for the second straight time, so did Karl Baran and siblings Ceasar Po and Alekzander Po in the boys’ 14-, 12- and 10-unisex divisions, respectively, of the Group 3 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and Technifibre and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.
Baran, also from PTA La Carlota, dominated unranked Eidyzar Alvarico, 6-2, 6-3; Ceasar Po stopped upset-conscious Jeff Senio, 6-3, 6-1; and Alekzander Po turned back Pete Rodriguez, 5-7, 6-3, 10-6, in the four-day event capping a two-week swing in Negros Occidental and Bacolod.
“We’d like to thank Palawan Pawnshop for staging this tournament in Bacolod and Negros Occidental. This is indeed a good project for our tennis grassroots program,” said Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella. “We’d also like to invite all tennis players to join the Masskara tennis festival, also sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop, on Oct. 11-18.”
No. 4 Carl Cathedral of San Carlos and second seed Keanu Flores of RSB La Carlota topped the premier 18-and-U class with the former beating third seed Ryle Singson, 6-1, 6-2, and the latter stunning the top-seeded Raymundo, 1-6, 6-3, 10-2.
PTA La Carlota’s Kiana de Asis also edged Sacapano, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7, to snatch the girls’ 12-and-U diadem.
“The number of three-setters underscores the level playing field among our young players,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro. “The program is part of our long-term commitment to promote sports as one of the primary focus of our corporate social responsibility and at the same time provide our youth the venue where they could hone their talent and skills.”

Meanwhile, action resumes Feb. 14-17 for the third leg in Los Baños, Laguna. Registration is free. For details, call tournament director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.(pr)

Pres Cup netfest unfolds in Bacolod

Competitions in the Philta-Palawan Pawnshop Regional age-group tennis circuit go a notch higher when the President Cup unfolds beginning today (Feb. 14) in Bacolod with the leading players and rising stars in the Visayas region seeing action at the Center Court, Grandslam Court and Manville.

The event, spread over five days, is sanctioned by the organizing Philippine Tennis Association as a Group 2 tournament which serves as the championship leg of the circuit’s Western Visayas swing.

“We put up this event for the players from Negros and Panay Island and nearby provinces who need not go to Manila to compete in top-level tournaments,” said Philta president Rep. Edwin Olivarez under whose honor the event is held.

Winners and the other top finishers in the first four legs of the circuit in Capiz, Iloilo, Aklan and La Carlota City are all expected to vie for top honors in the boys’ and girls’ 18-, 16-, 14-, 12-and-under divisions and the 10-unisex category.

“With Palawan Pawnshop and Technosports support, we have lined up a series of tournaments in other regions as part of our commitment to help develop the sport and discover new talents,” said Olivarez.

Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro and Guillermo Nocom, president of Technosports, exclusive distributor of Babolat equipment, reiterated their support to Philta and tennis in their joint effort to help produce future national players.

Registration for the President Cup is still ongoing with deadline set at 12 noon today, according to Philta referee and tournament-in-charge Bobby Mangunay. For details, text or call Mangunay at 0195-4046464 or email bobbymangunay@yahoo.com.

Meanwhile, tennis action shifts into full gear on March 1-17 with the staging of the Olivarez-Philta Open age group, inter-collegiate and interclub championships at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque.(pr)