TONY LASCUNA turned the final round of the P2.5 million ICTSI Wack Wack Championship into a victory walk, firing a 72 on Saturday to score a nine-stroke victory over Elmer Salvador and win the Order or Merit title of the Philippine Golf Tour.
With the title virtually bagged after posting a huge seven-point lead over Salvador and Que after three rounds, Lascuna just went through the motions and settled for two birdies and the same number of bogeys at Wack Wack’s East course.
He wound up with an eight-under 280 total, pocketed the top prize of P450,000 and topped the money list with total earnings of P2.25 million.
The Davaoeno shotmaker, also the highest-ranked Filipino on the Asian Tour at No. 12, was joined by his wife Sheryl and seven-year-old daughter Shnaryl as he received the prize from Wack Wack Golf and Country Club president Dr. Philip Ella Juico during awards rites graced by ICTSI PR manager Narlene Soriano and PGTI general manager Colo Ventosa.
“This is definitely the best year of my life since I started to play golf at 12," said Lascuna, who also topped the ICTSI Eagle Ridge and Manila Southwoods legs this year.
Salvador ended up with a birdie-less 74 after matching Lascuna’s opening 37 but still finished solo second at 289 as Que hobbled with a closing 40 for a 78 and tumbled down to joint sixth at 293.
Salvador, the Order of Merit winner in 2009, took home P320,000 and finished second in the money list with total winnings of P1.6 million.
Clyde Mondilla also matched par on another challenging day and tied for third at 291 with Zanie Boy Gialon, who had a 73. They both bagged P180,000.
Last year’s champion Frankie Minoza took solo fifth at 292 after a 73 for P110,000.
James Ryan Lam shot 75 and Carl Santos-Ocampo scored 77 to join Que in sixth place, while Arnold Villacencio shot a 70 to salvage a share of ninth place at 295 with Richard Sinfuego, who had a 74.
Miguel Tabuena, who had a fine start of two wins in the first six legs of the ICTSI-sponsored circuit, had a closing 76 and wound up 15th with a 299, while Juvic Pagunsan carded a 73 to finish in joint 28th at 306 with Richard Abaring (75) and Terence Macatangay (78) in the event also backed by Empire Golf, Titleist, Footjoy, Callaway, TaylorMade, Mizuno, Srixon, Nike Golf, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp with Balls, Studio 23, Pinoygolfer.com and Inquirer Golf as media partners.