TONY Lascuna and Juvic Pagunsan both found trouble on the closing holes but managed to keep the top two places after the second round of the P1 million ICTSI Calatagan Challenge on Thursday at the Calatagan Golf Club.
Lascuna, started the round one stroke ahead of Pagunsan and managed to extend his lead to two shots after shooting a 71 for a 138 total as the latter came up with a 72 for a 140 aggregate.
A wayward drive by Lascuna resulted in a double-bogey on the par-5 13th, then he flubbed a five-foot par putt on 17th.
“I just lost my rhythm but it’s nice to be on top by two despite my shaky finish,” said Lascuna in Filipino.
Mars Pucay birdied two of the last six holes to salvage a 71 for a 142 in the 54-hole tournament, the third leg of the 15-stage Philippine Golf Tour sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Jhonnel Ababa bogeyed his final hole for a 71 and fourth place at 143, five strokes off Lascuna.
Cassius Casas birdied two of the last five holes to shoot a 70 and move to solo fifth at 146.
Rufino Bayron carded a 73 for a 147 in a tie with Michael Bibat (75), defending champion Mhark Fernando (75), Ruben Sasutil (74) and Elmer Salvador (71).
Gerald Rosales (75), Rolando Marabe (72) and Japanese Tomokazu Yoshinaga (72) stood at 148.
Jay Bayron winner of the Camp John Hay Championship two weeks ago, faltered with a 77 and was way behind at 152 while Sherwood Hills winner Miguel Tabuena rebounded from a woeful 80 with a 73 for a 153 to make the cut pegged at 155 in the event backed by Nike Golf, Empire Golf and Sports Shop, Mizuno, Titleist, Srixon, Foot Joy, Callaway, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers, Cleveland Golf and Sharp with Balls, Studio 23, Pinoygolfer.com and Inquirer Golf as media partners.