ADT: Lascuna claims outright lead at the ICTSI Mount Malarayat Classic

Thu 01 Aug 2013

ADT: Lascuna claims outright lead at the ICTSI Mount Malarayat Classic

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Manila, August 1: Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna shot a second round five-under-par 67 to take a four-shot lead at the halfway stage of the ICTSI Mount Malarayat Classic on Thursday.
The 42-year-old, who returned this morning to complete the opening round with a 64, continued his fine run with a two-day total of 13-under-par 131 at the US$60,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Overnight leader, Guido Van Der Valk of the Netherlands took a share of second place with Indonesian amateur William Sjaichudin. They shot rounds of 71 and 66 respectively for matching 135s at the Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club.
American Greg Moss, Australian Darren Tan, Japanese Duo, Yuki Usami and Masaki Sakata, and Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand are tied for fourth on 136 while Malaysian Nicholas Fung and Australian David Lutterus were a further shot back after signing for identical 70s.
Lascuna, who finished top-10 in Cebu last week, credited his hot putter for putting him in a good position to contend for the next two rounds.
He took advantage of a strong start where he fired six birdies on the front nine to turn in 30 before dropping a bogey on the 14thhole. “I’m very happy with how I’ve played today. I putted very well. The course is in a very good condition. I think it’s an advantage for long hitters here. You have to putt well to score,” said Lascuna.
“I’ll try to maintain a good mindset for this week. I will just try to focus on my game and not think so much about it,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sjaichudin hopes to gain as much experience as he can in his first ADT event from the talented ADT players.
“Playing conditions were kind of tough today because it was really windy out there but I managed to play very consistently,” said the 23-year-old amateur, who stormed up from 17th to tied-second on the leaderboard after posting a flawless 66.
“It’s my first time playing on the ADT and I’m enjoying it. It’s a very good opportunity for me to play with the professionals out here. I learnt a lot from them. It’s a very good experience. I have made plans to turn professional next year but before that I will try to play more on the ADT so as to prepare myself for my professional career when the time comes,” added Sjaichudin.
Local hopes Anthony Fernando and Angelo Que, who finished second in Cebu last week, signed for disappointing 73s to slip down the leaderboard to 11th and tied-16th places respectively.
The halfway cut was set at even-par 144 with 58 players advancing into the final two rounds.
The top three players to finish on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of this season will receive Asian Tour cards for 2014.
All ADT events also receive Official World Golf Ranking points, which will be used to determine the field for the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne in November and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Winners on the ADT will receive a minimum of six world ranking points while the top six players and ties will earn points based on a sliding scale.
Leading second round scores:
131 – Antonio Lascuna (PHI) 64-67
135 – William Sjaichudin (A) 69-66, Guido Van Der Valk (NED) 64-71
136 – Darren Tan (AUS) 68-68, Yuki USAMI (JPN) 71-65, Masaki Sakata (JPN) 69-67, Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 69-67, Greg MOSS (USA) 67-69
137 – Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 67-70, David LUTTERUS (AUS) 67-70
138 – Anthony FERNANDO (PHI) 65-73
139 – Cassius CASAS (PHI) 68-71, Elmer SABAN (PHI) 68-71, Arnold VILLACENCIO (PHI) 70-69, Park Il-hwan (KOR) 71-68
Ends.
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading three players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.