TONY Lascuña carded a 68 and ended up seven shots clear after the second round of the P3 million ICTSI Apo Golf Invitational at the Apo Golf and Country Club in Davao.
The 48-year-old Lascuna birdied No. 13 and racked up three more in the last four holes for an 11-under 133 aggregate.
“I just played my usual game and didn’t mind if there’s somebody making a charge. But my putting has been clicking the past two weeks,” said Lascuña, his confidence boosted by a win in the Philippine Golf Tour Asia leg in Taiwan last week that snapped a two-year slump.
“Actually, I’m a bit tired playing seven straight tournaments. I need to rest and re-charge,” added the 48-year-old veteran shotmaker.
“There are still two rounds left and so many players are capable of shooting low rounds here,” said Lascuña, who birdied Nos. 1 and 8 but failed to go up-and-down on Nos. 4 and 6.
Ferdie Aunzo birdied two of the last four holes for a 69 and a 140 total, while Ira Alido shot the day’s best five-under 67, spiked by an eagle on the par-5 18th and capped by three birdies.
Alido was at 141 for joint third with Davaoeño Ramil Bisera and Dutchman Guido Van der Valk, who shot identical 70s and Albin Engino, who fumbled with a 73.
Gerald Rosales, who turned in impressive 68 in the first round, failed to recover from a frontside 39, hitting just one birdie at the back for a 74 to drop to a share of seventh at 142 with Rufino Bayron, another local shotmaker who turned in a second 71.
Jhonnel Ababa, winner of the last PGT leg at Del Monte two weeks ago, also stumbled with a 74 after a 70 and fell to 144 with fellow Davaoeño Mhark Fernando (72), Japanese Takahashi Keisuke (69) and Del Monte’s Magno Arancon Jr. (72) behind the 143 group composed of Kuresh Samanodi (69), Art Arbole (71), Paul Echavez (71), Nilo Salahog (72) and amateur Elee Bisear (73).
Forty four players made it to the final 36 holes at 149, including last year’s champion and reigning PGT Order of Merit champion Jobim Carlos and Del Monte’s Johvanie Abaño, who both fired 71s, American Lexus Keoninh, Lucio Osabel and Arnold Villacencio, who carded identical 75s, and Fil-Am Sean Talmadge, who skied to a 77 after a 72.
Among those who missed the cut in the third of four legs making up the Mindanao swing of the PGT were slumping Jay Bayron (75-150) and fellow Davaoeño Anthony Fernando (75-150), former PGT Asia leg winner James Ryan Lam (76-154).
Tarik Can of the US, winner of the PGT Asia leg at Wack Wack last month, retired with a hand injury after groping for a 78 in the first round.