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.


The Open Championship: Juvic Pagunsan debuts with a 71

20 07 2012


Royal Lytham St. Anne – St. Annes, England – Filipino Juvic Pagunsan opened his first ever majors campaign with a 1-over 71 at the Open Championship.  The Open Championship which is also called the British Open is the oldest among golf’s four major championship and it is the only one played outside the United States.

Pagunsan, who clinched a slot in the Championships after topping the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2011, had 2 birdies against 3 bogeys in the opening round. He made birdies in the 4th and 6th holes while he had bogeys in the 5th, 9th , and 18th. As of posting, he is ranked tied for 56th and should he keep his rankings after the second round he will be able to make it to weekend play. Among the other players who opened with 71 are Davis Love III, Tom Watson, Miguel Jimenez, and Aaron Baddeley.  Tiger Woods finished with  a 67. Adam Scott has the clubhouse lead at 64.

Asian Tour: Pagunsan 2nd; Tabuena 10th in Queen’s Cup

18 06 2012

Samui, Thailand – Thaworn Wiratchant won his 13th Asian Tour title at the 2012 Queen’s Cup. The 45 year old Thai parbuster equalled fellow Thai Thongchai Jaidee’s record of Asian Tour victories.  His latest win was worth US$47,550.  He was 3 shots ahead of Siddikur of Bangladesh and reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines.

Pagunsan was playing in his first tournament in the 2012 Asian Tour after staying almost exclusively in the cash rich-Japan Golf Tour.  He opened the tournament with a terrible 75 but rallied in the 2nd round with a 65 to qualify for the weekend play. His 72-68 wind-up netted him $25,425.

Filipino youngster Miguel Tabuena limped home with a final round 76 after leading in the first 3 rounds. He was able to earn his first ever top 10 finish in the Asian Tour.  The $5,662.50 he earned in the tournament is the biggest so far in his professional career.  He finished 11th in the Philippine Open this year after collapsing with a final round 81. His experience in the Queen’s Cup will definitely give him lessons on staying on his nerves.

Top Finishers:

277 – Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 70-67-72-68.

280 – Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) 75-65-72-68, SIDDIKUR (BAN) 70-68-71-71.

281 – Himmat RAI (IND) 70-72-72-67, Guido VAN DER VALK (NED) 70-72-69-70.

282 – Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 69-75-69-69, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 71-68-72-71, Varut CHOMCHALAM (THA) 72-71-66-73.

284 – Boonchu RUANGKIT (THA) 67-74-73-70.

285 – Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 76-70-75-64, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 67-70-72-76.

286 – Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 71-73-71-71, Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 68-72-74-72, BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) 68-73-70-75, Jonathan MOORE (USA) 72-72-67-75.

287 – Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 73-69-71-74.

*photos are from Asian Tour website

Asian Tour: Filipino Elmer Salvadar finishes 2nd in the HANDA FALDO Cambodian Classic

18 03 2012

Siem Reap, Cambodia – Filipino Elmer Salvador finished second in the inaugural $300,000 HANDA FALDO Cambodian Classic after losing to Asian Tour rookie David Lipsky in the first playoff hole. Salvador had a chance to win the tournament outright in the 18th hole but he missed his putt. He settled for a playoff where Qualifying School winner Lipsky sank a clinching chip-in birdie.

The win was worth $47,550 for the American while Salvador pocketed $32,550 (P1.38-million) for his effort. Salvador is still seeking his maiden win in the Asian Tour as he also lot in the playoffs in  last year’s ISPS Handa Singapore Classic.

Salvador in action (from


Top Ten:

1 8 David LIPSKY sponsored by Titleist 73 68 67 65 -15 (273)
2 3 Elmer SALVADOR sponsored by Titleist 68 69 68 68 -15 (273)
3 2 Niall TURNER sponsored by Titleist 67 67 68 72 -14 (274)
4 5 BAEK Seuk-hyun 66 71 69 69 -13 (275)
4 11 Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL sponsored by Titleist 69 64 76 66 -13 (275)
4 20 Kalle SAMOOJA sponsored by Titleist 72 69 69 65 -13 (275)
7 1 KIM Hyung-sung 68 65 68 75 -12 (276)
7 3 Thanyakon KHRONGPHA 71 66 68 71 -12 (276)
7 20 KIM Gi-whan sponsored by Titleist 69 71 70 66 -12 (276)
10 34 Thaworn WIRATCHANT sponsored by Titleist 71 70 71 66 -10 (278)
10 27 Scott BARR sponsored by Titleist 71 71 69 67 -10 (278)
10 11 Chawalit PLAPHOL sponsored by Titleist 68 70 71 69 -10 (278)
10 20 Berry HENSON sponsored by Titleist 68 72 70 68 -10 (278)
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Golf: Filipino Juvic Pagunsan tops Asian Tour Order of Merit

4 12 2011

After the recent UBS Hong Kong Open that was won by World No.2 Rory McIlroy, Juvic Pangunsan becomes the first Filipino to become No.1 in the Asian Tour. Pagunsan placed tenth in the tournament adding to his tour leading earnings. He has now earned $788,298.60.

Asian Top 10:

  3. Tetsuji HIRATSUKA (JPN)
  4. Jbe KRUGER (RSA)
  5. Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA)
  6. David GLEESON (AUS)
  8. Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA)
  9. Thongchai JAIDEE (THA)
  10. LU Wei-chih (TPE)

The 33 year old Filipino parbuster replaces 201o winner Noh Seung-Yu. Because of his feat, the Filipino flag will be represent in next year’s British Open and World Golf Championship. Next up for Pagunsan and the Asian Tour is the season-ending $1 Million Thailand Golf Chmapionship at the Amata Spring Country Club on December 15-18. The Awarding ceremonies of the season’s top performers will be held on December 18.


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Asian Tour: PHL’s Pagunsan grabs Order of Merit lead

15 11 2011

The “bad boy” of Philippine fairways Juvic Pagunsan now ranks No.1 in the 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit after a losing a playoff to Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in the Barclays Singapore Open. The heart-breaking loss gave him a  $666,660 consolation prize. Pagunsan has now earned $721,298.60 of prize money this. The amount is around $280,000 more than erstwhile leader S.S.P. Chowrasia of India who missed the cut in tournament jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

He has been sizzling in the local circuit earlier this year winning 4 events before being suspended by the local golf tour for failure to properly register his caddie. He also had several run-ins and incident this season at the fairways. In the Asian circuit, the 1997 Asian Tour Rookie of the Year was only ranked 54th and was in danger of losing his tour card before his breakthrough performance at Sentosa last weekend.

The no.2 finish vaulted the 33 year old Pagunsan to the Top 200 in the World Rankings.  He now sits at 177th, 300 rungs higher than his previous rank.  He gained 27.6 points in the Singapore Open. Winner Fernandez-Castano gained 46 points. The runner-up prize almost the double the Filipino’s career earnings as he earned only $930,000 in the 6 seasons in the Asian Tour. He now breaks the 1 Million dollar barrier and if he keeps it up, he will be the first Filipino to top the Asian Tour Order of Merit and get a chance to play in the majors.

Pagunsan celebrates!

Pos. Player Winnings (US$)
1. Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI)  $721,298.60
2. S.S.P. CHOWRASIA (IND) $444,528.50
3. Tetsuji HIRATSUKA (JPN) $435,817.93
4. Jbe KRUGER   (RSA) $342,283.62
5. Thaworn WIRATCHANT   (THA) $297,484.63
6. David GLEESON   (AUS) $292,880.00
7. SIDDIKUR   (BAN) $266,028.04
8. LU Wei-chih   (TPE) $259,080.47
9. Kiradech APHIBARNRAT   (THA) $218,867.81
10. Thongchai JAIDEE   (THA) $201,020.74

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).