September 23, 2019
The Philippine Golf Tour Asia holds its second event in Taiwan this week with Tony Lascuña finally getting the chance to join Jay Bayron and two other Pinoy campaigners in the Nan Pao TPGA (PGA of Taiwan) Open unfolding Thursday at the Nan Pao Golf Club in Tainan City.
A hand injury forced Lascuña to withdraw at the last minute in the first PGT Asia tournament in Taichung last May with Bayron failing to rebound from a struggling start in rainy conditions and finishing in joint 27th in the Daan Taiwan Open.
But back in form and coming off a number of top 3 finishes in the Philippine Golf Tour and PGT Asia, Lascuña aims to finish strong against a crack international field in the $100,000 tournament put up by ICTSI and co-sanctioned by the TPGA and Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc.
“Jay and I know that key is to have a strong start although we need to familiarize ourselves with the course to be able to measure up with the field,” said Lascuña, who had two runner-up finishes in his last four tournaments, including a playoff setback to Reymon Jaraula in PGT Pueblo de Oro two weeks ago.
While Lascuña brims with confidence, Bayron is trying to figure out his game that needs some fine-tuning following a couple of final round struggles at Pueblo de Oro and Del Monte.
Also in the Nan Pao roster are PGT Asia leg winners James Ryan Lam and Justin Quiban.
Thirty one other PGTA campaigners are in the fold, including Thai Wisut Arjanawat, who came from behind to humble a slew of Taiwanese and snare the Daan Taiwan Open crown, thus earning the tag as the first winner of the inaugural PGTA event abroad.
Others in the list are PGTA leg titlist David Gleeson of Australia, American Lexus Keoninh, Canadian Lindsay Renolds, Japan’s Keisuke Takahashi, Luke Trocado of South Africa, Finland’s Teemu Putkonen and Thais Puk Pradittan, Sutijet Kooratapisan, Pasavee Lertvilai, Tawit Polthai and Poosit Supupramai and
Namchok Tantipokhakul, winner of this year’s first leg at Luisita.
But the hosts are tipped to get back at the PGTA bets and redeem themselves from their previous setback, including those whom Artjanawat foiled in Taichung, led by Sung Mao Chang, Hung Chien Yao and young Tseng Tzu Hao.
The event, backed by PLDT Enterprise, Meralco, BDO and PGT Asia official apparel Pin High, serves as the fifth stage of the third season of the region’s emerging circuit with American Tarik Can ruling the last leg at Wack Wack in the Aboitiz Invitational.
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