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.


Pagunsan opens with a 6 under par 66 in Japan PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup 2012

11 05 2012

Karasuyamajo Country Club, Japan – Filipino Juvic Pagunsan opened with a 6-under par 66 at the  PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup 2012.  The 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner is a stroke behind provisional first round leader Toru Taniguchi. The JPY 150 M event ($1.9M) will award JPY 30,000,000 ($376,000) to its winner.

Another Filipino campaigner is Angelo Que who opened with a 2 under par 70 for a provisional joint 12th place.  Several players have not yet finished their rounds but 2 Filipinos have a big chance to make it into the weekend play.

The last 6 champions of the tournament are Japanese.  The last non-Japanese to win was South Korean SK Ho who captured his 2nd straight title in 2005.  Current leader Toru Taniguchi won it in 2010.

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Lascuna bags 3rd place in Selangor

24 07 2011

Lascuna places 3rd

Kota Permai Golf Club, Selangor, Malaysia – Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines closed out with a 2 under par 70 to finish 2 strokes behind Asian Tour rookie Joonas Granberg of Finland in the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters. He finished tied for 3rd with Adam Groom of Australia. 2nd Place was clinched by 3rd round leader Thai Panuphol Pittarayat.

Joonas wins

Granberg celebrates

Granberg had an amazing opening round finishing with a 10 ten under par 62 but he stumbled with a 75, and 70 in the next 2 rounds to trail the leaders. He capped his campaign here with a 66 to win by a stroke.

Antonio Lascuna’s finish in the Selangor Masters is his second top 10 finish this year after the Indonesian Masters. He only missed one cut in 6 Asian Tour events this year. The 3rd place finish netted him US$21,191.16.  Other notable Filipino finishers were Juvic Pagunsan (T-14), Elmer Salvador (T-20), and defending champ Angelo Que (T-27).