LIPA CITY, Batangas – Thai Sattaya Supupramai turned a two-man duel with Tony Lascuna into a one-man show, closing out with a five-under 67 to capture the ICTSI Classic crown at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club on Saturday.
Tied with Lascuña at the start of the final round, Supupramai eagled the par-5 No. 9 for the second straight day on a superb 6-iron second shot from 180 yards that landed just two feet off the cup to open a two-shot cushion and set the tone for the final day.
He then recovered from a bogey-bogey start at the back with four birdies against one more bogey in the last seven holes to beat his pursuer by three and pocket the Asian Development Tour leg win right on his first try.
The Thai shotmaker totaled a whopping 21-under 267 and took home the top US$10,500 purse in a three-shot victory that served as a big morale boost following a series of so-so finishes on the Asian Tour.
“I didn’t expect to win. I was down by five in the first round but played it hole-by-hole, not thinking of the score,” said Supupramai, who sizzled with a 64 in the third round to tie Lascuña at the top.
“I am very happy to win considering this is my first ADT tournament,” added Supupramai, who could only churn out a joint 15th place effort at Sail Open in India for his best finish in six legs in this year’s Asian Tour campaign.
Lascuña, the Filipino ace who said Saturday that the backside will be key to his title bid, fell back early then failed to sustain a birdie-birdie windup at the front with an even-par finish. He wound up with a 70 and settled for another runner-up finish at 270 worth US$6,900 (P296,700).
“My putting just didn’t click at the back for the second straight day,” said Lascuña.
Angelo Que, four off the joint leaders after 54 holes, made a charge with a 33 at the front but went on a rollercoaster finish of two birdies against two bogeys for a 69. He ended up third with a 273 and took home US$4,200 (P180,600).
“I tried but I was too far off. But if I only made a birdie on the 11th, it would’ve given me a chance,” said Que, referring to his putt on the par-3 hole that lipped out.
Miguel Tabuena rallied with the day’s best score - an eagle-spiked eight-under 64 that helped him snatch solo fourth at 274 worth $3,360 in the event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Elmer Salvador, who beat Lascuña in last week’s Aboitiz Invitational in Cebu, also bounced back with a 66 to salvage joint fifth at 276 with Canada’s Lindsay Renolds and Korean Park Il Hwan, who both had 69s, and Australian Darren Tan, who carded a 70. Each got $2,070.
Anthony Fernando turned in a 70 for a 277 and shared ninth place with Americans James Bowen and Greg Moss, who fired 66 and 70, respectively, Aussie David Lutterus, who made a 71, and Englishman Ian Keenan, who matched par 72. Each received US$1,146.