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.