ANTIPOLO – Tony Lascuña hiked his lead to three shots over Jhonnel Ababa and Ira Alido after firing a three-under 68 in the third round of the ICTSI Forest Hills Championship at the Forest Hills Golf and Country Club on Friday.
Flashing vintage form, Lascuna showed up fellow veteran Ferdie Aunzo and rookie Alido with his near-impeccable game on another hot, humid day at the Nicklaus layout, producing eight birdies, including three straight from Nos. 6 and 15, against a double-bogey and three bogeys.
The last bogey, on No. 18, marred what could’ve been a solid windup for Lascuña although it enabled Ababa and the rest of his pursuers to stay within striking distance with 18 holes to play in the P3 million event sponsored by ICTSI.
“The course remains tough even in the absence of the wind,” said the 46-year-old Lascuña, citing the narrow fairways and deep ravines that could make or break one’s title bid in the event sponsored by ICTSI.
“You have to be precise off the tee since a slight mistake will cause you trouble,” he said. “I also dread the back nine since it’s an uphill stretch and I easily get weary now because of my age.”
Lascuña is at 10-under 203, three ahead of Ababa, who shot a 67, and Alido, who bounced back with a 68, for 206s.
Ababa, out to snap a long title spell, followed his second round 66 with three birdies in the first six holes but he dropped a shot on No. 13 before hitting back-to-back birdies from No. 16 to remain in contention.