JUST when the rest had virtually conceded the ICTSI Anvaya Cove Invitational crown to Miguel Tabuena, veteran Tony Lascuña knocked in a solid, fiery round in the wind that reminded everyone that all is not lost.
Lascuna shot a bogey-free seven-under 65 and the man who stood eight shots behind wound up four ahead as two-day leader Tabuena crumbled at the finish for a 77.
“My driving and irons clicked even at the tougher backside,” said Lascuna, who spiked his stirring round with an eagle on the par-5 10th, his 33-32 card giving him a 54-hole aggregate of 11-under 205.
“A four-stroke lead isn’t safe here at Anvaya where anything can happen, especially at the back. I just hope to play this good again,” said Lascuna.
Tabuena, who led Jay Bayron by six in the first two days and Lascuna by eight halfway through, actually bounced back from an awful 40 on the front nine with back-to-back birdies from No. 10 to keep a one-stroke edge.
But Lascuna birdied Nos. 13 and 16 to move ahead then went four-up after Tabuena dropped three shots on the par-4 17th on an errant drive in an unlikely foldup for a young player who dominated the elite field with his brilliant shotmaking, iron play and putting in the first two days.
“I couldn’t do right out there. I missed too many short shots and I hit only 12 greens. I was terribly disappointed because it happened in the most crucial part of the tournament,” said Tabuena.
Tabuena stood at 209, and faces a tough climb in the final 18 holes.
“Golf is unpredictable. It always happens, sometimes you play good, sometimes bad,” added Tabuena.
Japan’s Toru Nakajima carded a 71 to join Bayron, who fumbled with a 73, at 211, six shots behind.
Dutchman Guido Van der Valk shot a 70 for fifth at 213, followed by Clyde Mondilla, who turned in a 71 for a 214.
Korea’s Park Min Ung was at 215 after a 73, while tied at 217 were Cassius Casas (70), Omar Dungca (73) and Charles Hong (74). Korea’s Anthony Kim shot a 71 and Orlan Sumcad carded a 72 and stood at 219.
Defending champion Angelo Que finally broke par but his 71 could only lift him to joint 16th at 221 with Zanieboy Gialon (69), Joenard Rates (74), Randy Garalde (76), James Lam (77) and Mars Pucay (77) in the P3.5 million championship sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc., organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Adidas, TaylorMade, Pacsports Phils., Custom Clubmakers, KZG, Sharp and Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club.