2 pinay golfers make cut

August 02, 2020

The Philippines’ Bianca Pagdanganan and Clariss Guce each carded one-over par 73 under tough playing conditions on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to make the cut in the LPGA Drive On Championship at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

But another Filipina, Dottie Ardina, was not as lucky, missing the bus to the third round after carding a second straight six-over par 78.

A product of University of Arizona who is the reigning Southeast Asian Games titlist, is in a huge group sharing 32nd place on three-over par 147, while  Guce is tied for 43rd, just a stroke back at 148.

"The pin placements today were pretty tough. They were either tucked  in the back or all the way up in front," said the 22-year-old Pagdanganan.

Pagdanganan started with a bogey but two-putted for birdie on the short, par-5 second hole where she made an eagle in the first round as she made her debut in the tough, rich circuit.

"The eagle putt I had was pretty long, probably around 40 feet," she said.

A second bogey on No. 4 brought her to  one-over par for the round, but scored her first birdie on a par-4 hole on the sixth to get back to even.

Then came the disastrous 10th that preceded another birdie on the par-5 13th hole.

"I think I did a better job hitting fairways and just keeping the ball in play," she said.

Her game plan on the third round?

With rain forecast on Sunday, the Filipina golfer said she just have to play smarter.

"And make sure I make the necessary adjustments needed if the conditions of the course changes," Pagdanganan said.

Only seven players broke par on the second day, including Celine Boutier of France whose one-uder 71 vaulted her into a tie for the lead with first round leader Danielle Kang of the United States and Jodi Eswart Shadoff of England on five-under par 139.

Daughter of horse race jockey Ramon who moved to California in 2012, was one under  through 15 holes until she made back-to-back bogeys from the 16th.