Lascuña posts two-shot lead in Aboitiz Invitational

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Friday, August 29, 2014


SILANG--Tony Lascuña flubbed a birdie try from 12 feet in 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 in the Aboitiz Invitational at the Riviera Golf and Country Club here yesterday.

Faced with a tough, uphill birdie putt, Lascuña cracked and misread the allowance. The final par gave 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 Lascuña, 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.

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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 Lascuña.

Despite taking the lead, Lascuña downplayed his chances of 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 Davaoeño.

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 66 Thursday, went two-under after 13 holes but bogeyed Nos. 14 and 15 and tumbled down to fifth at 206. PR

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 30, 2014.

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