TONY Lascuna birdied the last hole of the first round in the morning for a 64 then fired a five-under 67 later Thursday to grab a four-stroke clubhouse lead over Indonesian amateur William Sjaichuddin in the ICTSI Classic at Mt. Malarayat in Lipa City.
One of 63 players who failed to complete the opening round Wednesday due to darkness, Lascuna is looking to rebound after finishing 10th in the Aboitiz Invitational in Cebu last week.
The shotmaker from Davao birdied Nos. 1, 2 and 3 and closed out with three straight birdies, barely missing an eagle putt from 18 feet on No. 9 to move to 13 under in the $60,000 event, the ninth leg of the both the Asian Development Tour and the Philippine Golf Tour.
“I’ve been struggling with my (putting) stroke the last few tournaments and I still do,” said Lascuna in Filipino. “But I’m hitting it pretty well off the tee and my iron game is quite okay.”
Sjaichuddin fired a bogey-free 66 for a 135 total.
Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung parred his last three holes for a five-under 67 in the first round but slowed down with a two-under 70 in the second round for a seven-under 137, six shots off the pace.
Frankie Miñoza bogeyed Nos. 16 and 17 at resumption of his first round then hit four straight birdies from No. 14 in the second round to salvage a 69 and a 141 total.
Japan’s Yuki Usami charged back after an opening 71, turning in a solid seven-under 65 to wheel back into contention at 136.
Also at 136 was Australia’s Darren Tan, who carded a second four-under 68, and Japan’s Masaki Sakati, who shot a second-round 67 in the tournament sponsored by International Container Terminal Services Inc. and backed by Nike Golf, Srixon, Custom Clubmakers, Pacsports, Cleveland Golf, Callaway, Ping, Mizuno, Empire Golf and Sports Shop, FootJoy, Titleist, Sharp and BMW with Balls, Studio 23, Pinoygolfer.com and Inquirer Golf as media partners.