Way off the pace

August 01, 2020

Filipino pro Bianca Pagdanganan fired a two-over par 74 on Friday and found herself way off the leader at the start of  of the LPGA Drive On tournament at the Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio.

Teeing off in the back nine, the reigning Southeast Asian Games champion birdied the last of the par-5 holes--the dogleg No. 8--to finish in a tie for 48th place, eight strokes behind American Danielle Kang , who sparkled with a blazing 66.

Pagdanganan, 22, eagled the second hole and birdied No. 13, but four bogeys in a five-hole stretch starting on the 15th ruined her game.

"I know I could've done better but  with how I slightly strruggled with ball striking today,I'm pretty satisfied with my round, "said Pagdanganan.

"It could've easily gone a different direction so I'm happy with how I held on to my game," she added.

She later lamented doing the string of bogeys that did her in in this opening round of the rich tournament, saying she wasn't putting herself in good spots.

"I did miss some short putts, but I also did have tough shots from the rough and the bunker," said Bianca, who went straifght to the range after the round.

Tied with 20 others, Pagdanganan is well inside the cut-off mark--low 70 including ties.

Pagdanganan cut the dogleg, 487-yard second hole and set up the eight-foot eagle putt with a nine-iron from 150 yards. After her eagle 3 on the second hole, the Filipino rookie made back-to-back bogeys before finishing the last five holes at one-under.

Another Filipino in the fold--California-based Cariss Guce-- scored a 75 for joint 69th, but Dottie Ardina, the third Filipina seeing action,struggled with a 78 and found herself in danger of missing the cut.

The 30-year-old Guce made only one birdie against four bogeys while Ardina settled for two birdies in a poor round marked by two bogeys and three double bogeys.