Pinoy Golfer Exploits: Pagunsan and Lascuna gets day’s best score in separate tournaments

13 10 2012

Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Juvic Pagunsan had a steady a 70 in the 2012 Japan Open while every one had a tough day at the Naha Golf Club to move to joint second after 3 rounds.  Meanwhile at the Asian Tour, Antonio Lascuna sizzled with a 66 to barge into the top 10 after 3 rounds of the Venetian Macau Open 2012.

Juvic Pagunsan’s 70 brought him to just 2 strokes behind leader Tetsuji Hiratsuka. Pagunsan is tied with Koumei Oda at 218. Check out the tournament leader board. Pagunsan is still looking for his maiden Japan Golf Tour victory.  After winning the 2011 Asian Tour OOM, Pagunsan decided to campaign in the Japan Golf Tour in 2012. He has two top 10 finishes this year. He finished 4th in the Japan Golf Tour Championship Citibank Cup Shishido Hills and the jointly sanctioned event with the Asian Tour the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open. He has a streak of making the cut in the last 7 Japan Tour events.

At the Venetian Macau Open 2012, Gaganjeet Bhullar of India stayed on top of the leaderboard after a 69 in the penultimate round.  At -13, the Indian parbuster leads Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong by 2 strokes. Filipino Angelo Que and Australian Scott Hend are 2 shots back. Lascuna who made the day’s best score surged from 31st to 10th.  He is 6 strokes behind Bhullar at -7.  Other Filipino campaigners who are still in the tournament are Jhonnel Ababa at 41st, Miguel Tabuena at 57th, Michael Bibat and Elmer Salvador both at 64th. The Venetian Macau Tournament is a good tournament for players who are seeking to improve their Order of Merit standing. Lascuna is enjoying one of his best playing years at the Asian Tour as he currently sits at the 13th spot of the Asian Tour money list. The next best ranking Filipino is Pagunsan who is at 18th despite playing in just 3 events. Que is at 27th and Salvador is 39th.

Both tournaments will play its final round tomorrow and the Filipino golfers stand to earn a windfall if they keep their pace tournament.  Who knows?  A Filipino could bag a title tomorrow as momentum is on their side.

 





2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Match Play: Jayvie Agojo lone Filipina in the Round of 16

10 08 2012

Cleveland, Ohio – The two Filipinas left in the Round of 32 both faced Canadian golfers for a spot in Round of 16.   Only one of them made it to the next round as Cyna Rodriguez fell to Nicole Zhang 4 & 3 while Jayvie Agojo kept the Filipino hopes alive after winning 1-up over Natalie Gleadall. Agojo’s next match will be for a spot in the quarterfinals.





2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Match Play: Cyna Rodriguez and Jayvie Agojo marches to Round of 32

9 08 2012

The Country Club- Cleveland, Ohio, USA – Cyna Rodriguez and Jayvie Agojo won their Round of 64 matches in the match play portion of the 112th US Women’s Amateur Championship. Rodriguez beat Ani Gulugian of Irvine, California while Agojo outlasted Alameda, California‘s Emily Childs. The two Filipinas won with identical 1-up victories. As of posting, Dottie Ardina is down by 2 strokes after 4 holes to Austin Ernst.

Agojo and Rodriguez win first round matches

Agojo and Rodriguez barges into Top 32 of 112th US Women’s Amateur Open

 





2012 Women’s Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship Match Play: Super Princess Superal makes it to the finals

28 07 2012

Members Club at Woodcreek in Columbia, South Carolina  – Princess Superal of the Philippines continued her winning romp in the 2012 Women’s Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship.  After being the lone Filipina bet to be in the last 8, she continued her winning ways as she won 2 matches yesterday to move into the finals. She needed 20 holes to beat Rika Park for a semifinal spot. She had an easier time at the semis as she beat Rinko Mitsunaga 3 and 2. She will be facing Breanna Elliott for the championship.

Quarterfinal

 

Match Hole
1 Mitsunaga, Rinko < 1 up Plasencia, Regina F
2 Park, Rika 20 holes > Superal, Princess F
3 Elliott, Breanna < 2 and 1 Grunden, Susannah F
4 Seo, Hanule Sky 21 holes > Koechli, Vanessa F

 

Semifinal

 

Match Hole
1 Mitsunaga, Rinko 3 and 2 > Superal, Princess F
2 Elliott, Breanna < 4 and 3 Koechli, Vanessa

 

Steady Superal (Philstar.com file photo)

 





2012 Women’s Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship Match Play: Princess Superal goes to Quarterfinals; Piccio eliminated

27 07 2012

Round of 16 Results:

Match Hole
1 Mitsunaga, Rinko < 4 and 3 Scarpetta, Kate F
2 Plasencia, Regina < 1 up Poulsen, Tilly F
3 Park, Rika < 4 and 3 Acosta, Delfina F
4 Shon, Kelly 2 and 1 > Superal, Princess F
5 Elliott, Breanna < 20 holes Vines, Kelsey F
6 Grunden, Susannah < 2 up Liu, Shu-Yin F
7 Seo, Hanule Sky < 2 and 1 Couch, Chelsey F
8 Piccio, Mia 4 and 3 > Koechli, Vanessa F

Members Club at Woodcreek in Columbia, South Carolina – Princess Superal of the Philippines continued her superb play as she eliminated Kelly Shon in their Round of 16 match in the 2012 Women’s Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship. Superal was up by 2 with only 1 hole to play to clinch the win.  Compatriot Mia Piccio lost to Vanessa Koechli, 4 and 3, to join the 5 other ICTSI-sponsored golfers at the sidelines. Superal would need to beat Rika Park to be in the semifinals.  Based on the qualifying scores the Filipina ace has a big chance to enter the final 4.

Quarterfinal pairings and tee off times:

Time Tee Player Qualifying Score
7:30 am 1 Mitsunaga, Rinko 153
Plasencia, Regina 147
7:38 am 1 Park, Rika 153
Superal, Princess 149
7:46 am 1 Elliott, Breanna 145
Grunden, Susannah 152
7:54 am 1 Seo, Hanule Sky 160
Koechli, Vanessa 149

Superal, the last Pinay standing





2012 Women’s Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship Match Play: Superal, Piccio barges into Top 16; 4 other ICTSI ladies eliminated

27 07 2012

Members Club at Woodcreek in Columbia, South Carolina  – From 6, the Filipino contingent in the 2012 Women’s Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship  is now down to 2 as only Princess Superal and Mia Piccio survived their Round of 32 matches in the match play portion of the event.

Bacolod’s Mia Piccio

Princess Superal followed up her 7 and 5 victory in the Round of 64 with 4 and 2 win over South Carolina‘s Collins Bradshaw. She is joined in the Round 16 by ICTSI teammate Mia Piccio who won over Aurora Kan, 2-1. The other 4 Filipina bets were not as lucky as they were eliminated after yesterday’s matches. First to be eliminated in the Round of 32 was Sarah Jane Ababa of Davao as she was simply overwhelmed by Kate Scarpetta, 7 and 6. Cyna Rodriguez and Jayvie Agojo followed Ababa to the sidelines by dropping similar 2 and 1 matches against Regina Plasencia and Tilly Poulsen, respectively. Texas’ Kelsey Vines needed 29 holes to beat Dottie Ardina.

Round of 16 match-ups for the remaining Filipina participants:

  1. Princess Superal vs. Kelly Shon
  2. Mia Piccio vs. Vanessa Koechli




2012 Women’s Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship Match Play: 6 Filipinas in the Top 32

27 07 2012

Members Club at Woodcreek in Columbia, South Carolina  – The match play phase of the 2012 Women’s Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship has started and six of seven Filipina parbusters hurdled their Round of 64 matches.

Superal in action

Princess Superal and  Cyna Marie Rodriguez led the charge of the ICTSI-sponsored Pinays with emphatic 7 and 5 wins over South Carolina‘s Kaitlin Matheson and Rachel Wyatt, respectively. Dottie Ardina routed Mary Chandler Bryan 5 and 4 to follow the pair to the next round. Sarah Jane Ababe had 2 and 1 victory over Manuela Carbajo of Argentina. Jayvie Marie Agojo and US-based Mia Piccio needed to go 19 holes to survive versus Thuhashini Selvaratnam of Arizona and Grace Lennon of Australia, respectively.

The only Filipina to lose in the first round of the match-play competition was Lovelynn Guioguio who fell to 5th seeded Jessica Alexander of Florida, 2 and 1.

These are are the next matches of the Filipina golfers:

  1. Davao’s Sarah Jane Ababa will face Kate Scarpetta.
  2. Cyna Marie Rodriguez will be up against Mexican Regina Plasencia.
  3. Jayvie Agojo will play against Australian Tilly Poulsen.
  4. Cavite’s Princess Superal will battle Collins Bradshaw of South Carolina.
  5. Dottie Ardina will slug it out with Texas’ Kelsey Vines.
  6. Mia Piccio will match skills against Aurora Kan.

 

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