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ICTSI Orchard unwraps; Lascuña upbeat

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DASMARINAS, Cavite – Tony Lascuña hopes to rebound from a failed bid at Luisita and ride the momentum of a pro-am victory as he heads the local charge against an elite foreign cast in the ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship reeling off today (Wednesday, May 10) at the Orchard’s Player course here.
“This is a big morale boost but I still have to play quality golf in the next four days. The field is strong and anything can happen here at Orchard,” said Lascuña, who ruled Monday’s pro-am tournament of the $60,000 event put up by ICTSI with amateur partners John Laurel, Juanchit Jose and Siegfried Ramos.
The foursome pooled a 17-under 55 to nip 2014 Orchard Championship winner Rufino Bayron, Arnel Paras, Paul Griba and David Astejada, who assembled a 56, while Michael Bibat, Alex Dy, Amy Dy and Bien Cerbo placed third with a 57.
Lascuña, the reigning Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit winner, actually moved within one of Micah Shin halfway through the Luisita Championship last week but closed out with a pair of 71s to settle for joint fourth with Jhonnel Ababa and American Brett Munson.
He rued his poor putting in the last two rounds but the veteran campaigner vowed to make up for the slack in this week’s event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. which offers a top purse of $10,500.
“I’m ready and I feel good now with my stroke. I just hope it will click in all four days,” said Lascuña, who drew Bayron and last week’s playoff loser Mathiam Keyser of South Africa in the 7:45 a.m. flight on No. 1.
Keyser, who lost to absentee Miguel Tabuena in sudden death in Tarlac, also vowed to complete an unfinished business with a triumphant campaign here, along with a slew of foreign aces, including Solaire Philippine Open champion Steve Lewton, John Catlin, Nicolas Paez and John Michael O’Toole of the US and Korean Park Jun Sung.
Keanu Jahns, who rallied with a solid, eagle-aided 65 to snare solo third at Luisita, is also expected to figure prominently along with fellow locals Ababa, Mars Pucay, Frankie Miñoza, Mhark Fernando, Gerald Rosales, Cassius Casas, Jay Bayron, Rufino Bayron and Elmer Salvador.
After missing the action last week, the crack Thai group is back on the local circuit, all gunning for a crack at the crown, led by Panulat Muenlek, Nitithorn Thippong, Kasidit Lepkurte, Donlapachai Niyomchon, Natthapong Niyomchon, Annop Tangkamolprasert, Poosit Supuramai and veteran Wisut Arjanawat.
Former Singapore amateur hotshot Choo Tze-Huang is also in the hunt along with Aussies Jason Dawes, Finland’s Janne Kaske, Dutch Guido Van der Valk and Swede Oskar Arvidson.
The event drew a total of 120 players, one of the biggest and strongest on the local circuit backed by BDO, KZG, Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Sharp, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and PLDT.
It also serves as the second of a four-week PGT swing with Southwoods hosting the next stop on May 17-20 for another $60,000 ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship before the revival of the P2 million ICTSI Philippine Masters at the Villamor Golf Club on May 24-27.(pr)
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Streakin’ Lascuña eyes No. 4 at NOGCC

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Coming out of a tight finish a winner a third time around, Tony Lascuña exudes confidence as he heads to the ICTSI Negros Occidental Classic, shooting for fourth straight and fifth overall at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club in Bacolod starting Wednesday (July 13).
“This win further boosted my confidence going to Marapara. I really feel good and will go for another win,” said the 46-year-old veteran Davaoeño shotmaker, after rallying from three shots down with a closing bogey-free 65 at the Bacolod Golf and Country Club in Binitin then nipped Dutch Guido Van der Valk and American Micah Shin on the first playoff hole to bag the ICTSI Bacolod Golf Challenge crown last Saturday.
It was Lascuña’s third straight victory in this year’s Philippine Golf Tour, counting his one-shot win over Japanese Ryoma Miki at Eagle Ridge and a nine-stroke romp over Zanieboy Gialon and Orlan Sumcad at Forest Hills last month.
That should make him the player to beat at the former Marapara layout although Van der Valk and Shin, along with the other local top guns will also be going all-out to foil his bid while fueling their respective title drives in the P1.5 million event serving as the 10th leg of this year’s circuit sponsored by ICTSI.
But Lascuña, who also won at Luisita last April, isn’t only coming into the event riding on a three-win run but also brings with him the bragging rights as the winner at NOGCC when it last hosted a PGT leg in 2014. He beat Elmer Salvador and amateur Lloyd Go by four to spark a three-leg sweep and finish with five legs wins on his way to copping his third straight OOM title.
“I always love to play at Marapara, despite its tough condition especially in the presence of the wind,” said Lascuña. “But I expect another tight finish since everybody will be trying to stop my streak.”
They include Van der Valk and Shin, who fell short of their bid to nail a breakthrough on the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. with shaky backside stints at Binitin, enabling Lascuña to gain a crack at the title and eventually snatch the win.
Others tipped to contend for the top P270,000 are Jay Bayron, Cassius Casas, Mhark Fernando and Sumcad who all bounced back into contention in the final round at Binitin but failed to match Lascuña’ solid finish.
Meanwhile, a select number of pros test the NOGCC layout in tomorrow’s pro-am tournament where they will be paired with the amateur guests and officials of the event’s chief backers, including Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Pacsports, TaylorMade, Sharp and Champion.(pr)

Dabawenyo outclasses field, rules ICTSI Classic

Tony Lascuña hoists his trophy after dominating the field to win the ICTSI Classic by six.(pr)
Tony Lascuña, with son Antonio III, holds his trophy as he poses with (from left) Mt. Malarayat GCC managing director Cristina Torralba and ICTSI Public Relations head Narlene Soriano.(pr)

LIPA, Batangas – Dabawenyo Tony Lascuña chalked up another win on a scorching finish at Mt. Malipunyo, closing out with a solid 32 for a six-under 66 and beating Clyde Mondilla, Jay Bayron and Robert Pactolerin by six to capture the ICTSI Classic crown at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club here yesterday.
Unlike in his come-from-behind one-shot win over Miguel Tabuena at ICTSI Apo three weeks ago, however, Lascuña turned a shaky overnight one-shot lead into a runaway triumph as erstwhile rivals Pactolerin and Arnold Villacencio succumbed to final round pressure and faded out early.
“It’s nice to win again and nicer to be able to post a runaway victory unlike the last time out when I had to rally to beat a solid player in Miguel,” said Lascuña, who pulled away by four over Pactolerin with a 34 start at Mt. Lubo then turned the tougher backside into a virtual playground with four birdies, including a pitch-in feat from 25 yards on No. 14.
He wound up with a 15-under 273, completing a run of under-par rounds that included a 69, 70 and 68 and pocketing another P270,000 that shoved him past absentee Angelo Que for No. 2 in the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit ranking and closer to Tabuena (P1,795,256), who also skipped the event, with a P1,724,060.
Three flights ahead, Mondilla holed out with four straight birdies to fire a five-under 67 and tie Bayron, who shot a 70, and Pactolerin, who birdied the last two holes to salvage a 71, at 279. They split the combined PP375,000 prize in this 10th leg of the circuit sponsored by ICTSI.
Elmer Salvador also fought back with a 67 to share fifth place with Orlan Sumcad, who carded a 68, Albin Engino, who hobbled with a 73, and top amateur Jobim Carlos, who turned in a 71, at 282 while Rey Pagunsan likewise put in a 67 to finish solo ninth at 283.
Anthony Fernando and Jhonnel Ababa each shot a 70 for joint 10th at 284 while Villacencio, the first round leader who moved within one after 54 holes of the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., lost his focus, limped home with a 77 and tumbled to 12th at 285.
In contrast, Lascuña was in his elements all day, splitting the fairways with consistency and settling up birdie chances from close range with solid iron game and converting them with steady putting.
“I really didn’t stop training until I got my game – swing and putting – back,” said Lascuña, who racked up five victories last year to keep the OOM crown for the third straight season but went on a winless run in this year’s first nine legs.
He also played an inspired game all-day in the presence of his family in the gallery, led by wife Cheryl Alferez and kids Antonette and Antonio III, who joined him at the podium during awards rites.
“They’re my lucky charm,” said Lascuña, who also thanked his long-time backers Srixon balls, ICTSI and Ping irons through Joey Mendoza.
With two wins in row, Lascuña has suddenly put himself on track to duplicating his last year’s five-title feat with another crack at the championship looming in this week’s Aboitiz Invitational at Manila Southwoods, which he ruled by three shots over Que at Riviera last year.
“I’m confident of my chances but I know it will be tough with a lot of foreign players joining the hunt next week,” said Lascuña, bracing for a tougher challenge that will include Que and Tabuena plus the top 10 players in the Asian Develop Tour OOM ranking.
Other backers of the event were Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Callaway, Srixon, Mizuno, TaylorMade, Nike Golf, Sharp, Custom Clubmakers, Titleist, Rudy Project, Pacsports, Omnisource, Cleveland Golf, KZG, FootJoy, Silicon, Empire and Great Depot.(pr)

Que rallies with record 64, wins Anvaya crown by 3

Angelo Que beams as he holds his trophy after copping the inaugural ICTSI Anvaya Cove Invitational crown with a closing course-record 64 at Anvaya Cove in Morong, Bataan for a three-shot win over Tony Lascuña.(pr photo)
Angelo Que beams as he holds his trophy after copping the inaugural ICTSI Anvaya Cove Invitational crown with a closing course-record 64 at Anvaya Cove in Morong, Bataan for a three-shot win over Tony Lascuña.(pr photo)
MORONG, Bataan – Peerless Angelo Que pounced on the frontrunners’ meltdown in scorching heat and tremendous pressure and stroked his way to a dramatic finish with a new course record eight-under 64, beating Tony Lascuña by three to capture the ICTSI Anvaya Cove Invitational crown at the Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club here yesterday.
Que finally solved the Seaside Nine puzzle that stymied his third round charge Friday, ramming in six birdies, including four straight to close out a sizzling backside charge of 30 that lifted him from sixth place, six behind Jay Bayron, to the winner’s podium with a nine-under 279 total.
Not only did Que, a three-time Asian Tour winner who went winless last year, re-set the 66 posted by young Micah Shin of the US in the second round of the P3.5 million event sponsored by ICTSI. But he also snatched the top P650,000 purse to re-take the Order of Merit lead with a P1.572 million total after five legs of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour.
“It was a perfect game. Everything was in place, including my irons and putting,” said Que, who received the check and trophy from event manager Luigi Tabuena and Anvaya Golf operations manager Steve McDonald during awards rites.
Unmindful of Que’s fiery windup three flights behind, Lascuna rallied to within one with birdies on Nos. 13 and 15 but blew his bid with back-to-back closing bogeys, finishing with a 71 for second at 282 worth P430,000 while Cassius Casas, the third man in the final group who remained in the hunt with a two-under card after 15 holes, likewise wavered at the finish with two bogeys in the last three holes for a 72 and ended up third at 284 and took home P240,000.
Que, who preserved a bogey-free round by saving pars in three times that he went out of regulation, hardly loomed as a threat despite birdies on Nos. 3 and 6. But back-to-back birdies from No. 10, including a 30-footer on the 11th, sparked hopes of a big comeback for the big-hitting shotmaker, who after three pars from No. 12, ripped it off with four straight birdies.
He thus became the first player to win on the two-year old layout carved out in the Bataan mountains near the boundary of former US naval base in Subic and built inside the 470 hectares land owned by the Ayala Land Corp. where long-time golf patron operates his container business.
It was also his second win in the young season after holding off Miguel Tabuena at the ICTSI Manila Masters at Eastridge Golf Club last month.
While Que basked in glory from a flawless game, Bayron rued his backside meltdown.
“I just had a bad game and unluckily, it came in the final nine holes of the final round, “ said Bayron. “But that’s golf, it’s all about consistency.”
With Bayron falling with a thud with a closing 44 and a 79, Lascuna took the challenger’s role, gunning down birdies on Nos. 13 and 15 to threaten with one off Que, who was cooling down at the clubhouse after that scorching 64.
But the reigning three-time OOM champion fell back with a costly bogey on the par-4 17th which he birdied the previous round, virtually handing the championship to Que, who was actually bracing for a playoff after Lascuna came to within one with three holes left.
In disgust, Lascuna also bogeyed the final hole and wound up with a second 71 and remained winless after racking up five victories in a dominant campaign last year.
Mars Pucay rallied with a 68 and Tabuena, winner at ICTSI Splendido, fought back with a 70 as they shared fourth place at 286 and split the combined purse of P350,000. Jay Bayron tumbled to joint sixth at 288 after that 79 with brother Rufino Bayron and Frankie Minoza, who carded 70 and 72, respectively. Each got P116,666.
Miñoza, who played alongside Que, praised the 36-year-old pro for his remarkable game, saying: “He’s a good player and I’ve played with him in the same flight many times over.”
Orlan Sumcad also skied to a 77 and ended up ninth at 289 worth P88,000 while Michael Bibat salvaged 10th place and P78,500 with a second 72 for a 290.(pr)
Angelo Que acknowledges the cheers from the gallery after holing out with a course-record 64, which later netted him a three-shot win over Tony Lascuña in the inaugural ICTSI Anvaya Cove Invitational at Anvaya Cove in Morong, Bataan.(pr photo)
Angelo Que acknowledges the cheers from the gallery after holing out with a course-record 64, which later netted him a three-shot win over Tony Lascuña in the inaugural ICTSI Anvaya Cove Invitational at Anvaya Cove in Morong, Bataan.(pr photo)

Dabawenyo outduels Que, cops 1st Aboitiz, ADT crown

Tony Lascuna of Davao City reacts after nailing a 30-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to cap his three-shot win over Angelo Que in the Aboitiz Invitational at Riviera’s Couples course.(pr photo)
Tony Lascuna of Davao City reacts after nailing a 30-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to cap his three-shot win over Angelo Que in the Aboitiz Invitational at Riviera’s Couples course.(pr photo)

SILANG, Cavite – Davao’s Tony Lascuna blew his two-shot lead early but hit two clutch birdies then pounced on Angelo Que’s shaky finish to snatch a three-stroke victory with a closing 66 for his first Aboitiz Invitational crown at Riviera’s Couples course here yesterday.
The margin of victory didn’t actually reflect the manner by which the country’s top guns slugged it out in virtual mano-a-mano right from the start with Lascuna recovering his touch with an eagle and a three birdie-binge in a five-hole stretch linking both nines to wrest control and Que bouncing back with his own eagle on the 16th only to reel back with a disastrous bogey on the next for a 67.
In the end, it was the winningest player on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour who nailed his fourth leg victory while extending the other’s winless spell in the season.
“Angelo and I played many times over in the final round that’s why we really know each other’s game well. We match up pretty much even and it was only a question of who will make a mistake first,” said Lascuna.
He actually blinked first, bogeying No. 5 which Que birdied to wipe out Lascuna’s overnight two-shot lead. Que birdied the next to go 1-up, but Lascuna quickly evened things up with a chip-in eagle from the fringe on the par-5 7th off a superb 4-iron shot from 210 yards then birdied the next to wrest a one-stroke lead at the turn.
Lascuna opened the backside with back-to-back birdies and threatened to pull away by three as Que settled for five straight pars but the latter closed within two again as Lascuna bogeyed No. 15 then moved within one with after a solid 6-iron shot from 220 yards that stopped within six feet for eagle.
But it was Que who cracked in the end, hitting a poor drive and missing the green for bogey on the 17th. Two-up and all pumped-up, Lascuna reached the par-4 18th in regulation then capped his victory by drilling in a 30-foot birdie putt to the delight of the big crowd that ringed the 18th green.
“It was a tough win. It could’ve gone either way,” said Lascuna, who wound up with a 268, that included a 66, 69 and 67, worth $17,500 (P752,500) although the 20-under total didn’t go into the record books since preferred lies rules were used for the tournament, sponsored by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. for the fourth straight year.
“No problem with the record. I’ll take the win any time. I worked hard for it,” said Lascuna who thanked his supporters, particularly wife Cheryl Alferez, set to give birth to their second child two weeks now, and daughter Shanryl Antonette, who hugged him on the 18th green.
“That’s the beauty of playing against Tony (Lascuna). I always have to dish out my A-game as well. I love being paired with him because I feel so relaxed with him around,” said Que, the three-time Asian Tour winner who remained winless in the season.
Like Lascuna, Que ended up with a run of under par cards for a 271 (65-71-68-67) and won $11,500 then immediately left to catch his flight to France on his way to the European Masters in Switzerland set next week.
Lascuna’s triumph, his first on the ADT, this being the 14th leg of Asian Tour’s farm circuit and co-staged by the ADT and Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., also capped the Filipinos’ sweep of the three ADT titles held in the country this year with Elmer Salvador winning the ADT ICTSI Riviera Classic at Langer last May and Rufino Bayron clinching his maiden win at ADT ICTSI Orchard Championship last June.
It was also Lascuna’s fourth win this season, including his romps at ICTSI Eagle Ridge, ICTSI Valley Golf and ICTSI Negros Occidental legs of the Philippine Golf Tour.
Thai Pijit Petchkasem, who joined Lascuna and Que in the championship flight with a 68 Friday, lost his way while trying to match the local aces’ hot start, fumbling with a 38 and finishing with a 73, enabling compatriot Rattan Wannasrichan to seize third place at 275 after a 70 worth $7,000.
Petchkasem slid to joint fourth with compatriot Poosit Supupramai, who had a 68, and second round leader Brett Munson of the US, who made a 71, for 277. Each got $4,566. Ireland’s Niall Turner took solo seventh at 279 after a 67 while Jhonnel Ababa, who shared the lead with Que in the first round with a 65, rallied with a 70 to finish tied for eighth at 280 with Miguel Tabuena, who carded a 71, Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan, who shot a 69, and Taiwanese Hsieh Tung-shu, who turned in a 71.
The other backers of the event were Nike Golf, Pacsports Phils. Inc., Srixon, Callaway, Mizuno, Empire Golf, Footjoy, Titleist, Custom Clubmakers, Sharp and KZG, the Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. with ABS-CBN Sports & Action, Balls and Inquirer Golf as media partners.(pr)

Davao’s Lascuna zeroes in on first Aboitiz, ADT crown with 67

SILANG, Cavite – Davao’s Tony Lascuna flubbed a birdie try from 12 feet on the last hole but still held on to a two-stroke lead over Angelo Que and Thai Pijit Petchkasem as erstwhile leader Brett Munson wavered coming home to close in on his first Aboitiz Invitational crown at the Riviera Golf and Country Club here yesterday.

Faced with a tough, uphill birdie putt, Lascuna cracked and misread the allowance, the final par giving him a 34 and a 67 for a 54-hole haul of 14-under 202, two strokes ahead of Que and Petchkasem, who turned in identical four-under 68s for 204s in another day of low scoring at the Couples layout.
The in-form Lascuna, who started the day one shot behind Munson and tied with Jhonnel Ababa, outgunned his rivals in the featured flight and surged ahead with a flawless 33. He hit two more birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 but ended his bogey-free run after 48 holes with a three-putt miscue on No. 13 from 16 feet.
Still, he recovered the stroke with a birdie on the 16th and stayed ahead of the pack despite that final hole miss as Que settled for pars in the last six holes and Petchkasem ran out of holes after making a late charge with three birdies in the last six holes.
“I have been driving great for three days now. For me, it is an important part of my game because a good one will reward me with a nice set-up for a birdie,” said Lascuna, who, however, opted to downplay his chances for a first-ever ADT title in the event co-staged by the ADT and the Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
“I don’t want to think about winning yet. I just want to concentrate on my game tomorrow (today). Hopefully, I can continue to play like how I did in the first three rounds,” said the 43-year-old Davaoeno.
Rattanon Wannasrichan, also of Thailand, rallied with three birdies in the last four holes and shot a 67 for a 205, while Munson, who took charge halfway through the $100,000 event sponsored by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. and backed by International Container Terminal Services, Inc., with a 66Thursday, went two-under after 13 holes but bogeyed Nos. 14 and 15 and tumbled down to fifth at 206.
Swede Nils Floren turned in the day’s best – a bogey-free 66 to seize solo sixth at 207 while Miguel Tabuena hit three birdies at the back to fire a 70 and move to joint seventh at 209 with Taiwan’s Hsieh Tung-shu, who shot a 67, and Thait Poosit Supupramai, who sputtered with a 73.
Ababa never recovered from a frontside 37 and limped with a 75 to drop to joint 10th with Scot James Byrne, who won last week’s ADT leg in Jakarta, who failed to sustain his second round 64 with a 71.
Que actually matched Lascuna’s frontside 33, pitching in from 20 yards to start his round. But like in the opener where he shot 30 but slowed with a 35 for a 65, he settled for just one birdie at the back while saving pars in the last three after missing the green.
“Maybe I got a bit tired in the end.  Overall, though, I was okay.  So excited to be in Lascuna’s flight again.  We know so well our game and have so much respect with each other.  It is going to be tough as he is really a tough opponent,” Que said.
But Petchkasem looms as a key contender for the top $17,500 purse with the Thai ace hoping to sustain his fightback from a bogey on No. 2 with five birdies as he slugs it out with the country’s aces in the championship flight.(pr)

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)