Lascuna enjoys career day in Melbourne

Thu 21 Nov 2013

Lascuna enjoys career day in Melbourne

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Melbourne, VIC, November 21: Filipino Antonio Lascuna battled to a one-under-par 70 for tied ninth place in the individual category of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf on Thursday, saying it was one of his best ever rounds.
Teeing up at the iconic Royal Melbourne Golf Club without the benefit of a practice round, the 42-year-old traded two birdies against a lone bogey to trail co-leaders Kevin Streelman of the United States and Dane Thomas Bjorn by four shots in the US$8 million tournament.
Countryman Angelo Que stumbled late in the day with a bogey and double bogey over his closing two holes to settle for a 74 as the Philippines team ended the opening day in tied 11th place in the team category with a 144 total, seven shots behind the United States.
Lascuna took heed the advice from fellow Asian Tour professional Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh to play to the middle of the treacherous greens at Royal Melbourne and walked away as one of only 13 players who broke par on a tough scoring day.
“It’s an exciting golf course. The greens are so hard. To shoot one under, I’m very happy. The course design does not have a straight forward hole. There are so many dogleg holes which is interesting,” said Lascuna.
“I didn’t play a practice round, so it made it a bit hard for me today. My caddie was just telling me to aim for the tree or something. I’m really happy with this score. If I had shot even par, I would have been super happy as I didn’t play a practice round.”
He made his first birdie on the sixth hole from close range courtesy of an exquisite approach shot with his wedge before dropping a bogey on 13. He bounced back with a birdie on 15 before saving par from the greenside bunker on 18 from six feet to ensure he ended the first round in red figures.
“On most occasions, I didn’t know where the target was and when I hit a shot, my partners would say good shot. And I would say ‘thank you’,” smiled the amiable Filipino.
“The greens are so fast. It’s the first time in my life that I’m playing on such greens. It’s super fast. I’m always trying to leave myself with uphill putts out there. This is one of the best rounds of my life.
“There’re no easy holes. You have to think on every shot. You can’t go straight to the pin. Yesterday, Siddikur (Rahman) told me to hit it to the centre of the green as he played here last week. It was good advice,” added Lascuna, who is currently 34th on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
Que was disappointed he dropped three shots in his last two holes. Like Lascuna, he did not play a practice round at Royal Melbourne.  “I had a hard time with the wind coming in, made bogey and double bogey in the last two holes. All in all, I’m quite happy though. I know how to play the course starting tomorrow and I think I’ll do better,” said Que.
About ISPS
ISPS is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo.  ISPS was founded by Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.  ISPS has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.  ISPS’s heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr Handa’s interest and philanthropic contribution in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport. Visit www.ispsgolf.com
About Melbourne
Known as one of the world’s most liveable cities, it is Melbourne’s sophisticated, yet edgy style combined with super-friendly people that gives the city its personality. With an impressive calendar of high profile international events, including The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and The Australian Open Tennis Championships, Melbourne is a leader in staging major events and providing a world-class welcome to international visitors.
With inner-city precincts ranging from the infamous city centre laneways to the beachy, bayside chic of the south and eclectic northside cool – Melbourne is a city of constant discovery where fashion, food, sport and entertainment, shopping, heritage, the arts and good living all come together to creative a lifestyle envied by many around the world. Food and wine lovers in particular will be in food heaven in gourmet Melbourne. Eating experiences range from award-winning celebrity chef restaurants to farmers markets selling locally sourced wines and fresh produce.
As one of the most compact regions in Australia, Victoria offers a huge variety of landscapes and experiences within a few hours of Melbourne. Whether its deserts, alpine ski resorts, mighty rivers, great lakes, wildlife, or the unparalleled spectacle and beauty of the world renowned Great Ocean Road, Victoria is all about quality experiences.
Many of the state’s regional attractions, including valleys of vineyards and international surf beaches, are less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne. But with more time to spare, the entire state offers a variety of scenic routes ideal for self-drive and personalised tours.
About the International Federation of PGA Tours
The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – The European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organisation, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis.  As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999.  The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999, while the Canadian Tour and the Tour de las Americas joined the Federation as associate members in 2000 and 2007, respectively.
In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.
About the International Golf Association
The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956.  IGA is governed by its seven-member Board of Directors.  Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman.  Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2013 return of the World Cup to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, one of the world’s greatest golf venues.
About IMG
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