Lascuña takes lead in Eagle Ridge

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014


GEN. TRIAS— Tony Lascuña used a near-impeccable iron game to tame a Norman course for a three-under 69 and a two-stroke lead over Charles Hong as erstwhile joint leaders Jay Bayron and Marvin Dumandan tumbled with over par scores at the tougher Faldo layout midway through the P3 million ICTSI Eagle Ridge Classic at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club here yesterday.

Lascuna, who barely survived a day-long ordeal at Faldo with a 71 Tuesday, came through with solid approach shots that set up four birdies inside five feet in scorching heat then rescued all but one par in four times that he went out of regulation for a 34-35 card and a 36-hole haul of 140.

That was two shots ahead of Hong, who birdied Nos. 16 and 17 to fire a 70, also at Norman, and assume the challenger’s role at 142 as Dumandan faltered early and barely recovered with a 74 for a 143 and Bayron wavered coming home for a 76, both at Faldo, for a 145.

“Mabuti at walang masyadong hangin sa Norman, mas madali ang diskarte sa putt, hindi malikot,” said Lascuña.

Lascuña is reigning back-to-back ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit champion who is out to nail a win here after placing fourth at ICTSI Splendido and second at ICTSI John Hay.

Truly, of the 47 players who played at Faldo yesterday, no one produced an under-par card with two 73s proving to be the best, including one turned by Elmer Salvador that put him in joint fifth at 144 with Dante Becierra. He fumbled with a 74, and Canadian Rick Gibson, who shot a 71, both at Norman. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 10, 2014.

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