SEA Games: Thai golfers loom as Day 2 threat, but Pagdanganan still leads

Adrian Flores

Posted at Dec 05 2019 09:40 PM

Bianca Pagdanganan of the Philippines finished with a 138 to take a 2-shot lead into the SEA Games women's golf final round. Adrian Flores

Sean Ramos of the Philippines fell behind in SEA Games men's golf on Thursday. Adrian Flores

TARLAC CITY—The Philippines’ Bianca Pagdanganan scorched Luisita Golf Club here with six birdies en route to a 138, as a tight race for the women’s individual gold is expected in Southeast Asian Games golf.

That’s because her 2-day score was only two strokes lower than Thailand’s Kan Bunnabodee, who roared back into medal contention after a 69 on a day hit by intermittent rain in the morning.

Bunnabodee was second with 140 while fellow Thai Pimnipa Panthong put on the same score as Pagdanganan to step up to third with 142. The three will be paired in Friday’s featured championship flight.

She has been hitting great shots on the whole although she confessed that she would have to putt with more consistency if she hopes to bring home the gold, the way she did last in the Asian Games in Indonesia.

“I have to be on the fairways as much as possible. Rough areas are trouble areas in Luisita and I can’t be there. It’s really tough when you get there,” Pagdanganan said.

Sean Ramos carded a one-under 71 on Thursday for 140 and Aidric Chan was at 142 after a 68 but both were far behind in the standings as Tanapat Pichaikool of Thailand broke away from the packed leaderboard with 136 after a 67.

Carl Corpuz followed with 143 after a 69 while Luis Castro turned in a second 74 for 148.

“I’m going to do my best to get the gold,” says Ramos.

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