TONY Lascuña put on a dazzling show of iron play and putting to match the record 10-under 62 at Legends course for a one-stroke lead in the first round of the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship on Wednesday in Carmona, Cavite.
Peter Stojanovski of Macedonia came out of a near three-hour long weather delay and went on a back-nine birdie binge to join Lascuna on top.
Stojanovski sizzled early with five birdies in the first eight holes but stumbled with a bogey on the ninth before play was stopped due to lightning.
But the stoppage failed to slow down Stojanovski, who resumed his birdie-binge on Nos. 10, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 18 .
Lexus Keoninh earlier raced ahead of the 110-player pack with a 63 until Lascuña confidently rolled in two long putts on Nos. 17 and 18 to cap a brilliant bogey-free round.
“I just couldn’t do anything wrong with my irons. It seemed that every shot I took would land on the same, near spot where I wanted. And I made the birdie chances,” said Lascuña, who gunned down five birdies on each nine.
Twenty eight others broke par in ideal morning conditions, with Jobim Carlos firing a 65 and Elmer Salvador leading five players in joint fourth at six under. Also firing 66s were Zanieboy Gialon, Nicolas Paez of the US, Australia’s Nathan Park and amateur Ryan Monsalve.
Monsalve hit four straight birdes from No. 12 and hit an eagle-3 on No. 8.
At least 30 players were left stranded after play was stopped for nearly three hours due to lightning and heavy rain.
Miguel Tabuena, back in the hunt after skipping last week’s Orchard Championship following a stirring come-from-behind playoff victory over South African Mathiam Keyser at Luisita, bogeyed the par-3 16th and settled for a 67 in a tie with Albin Engino, Japanese Hirotaro Naito, Gerald Rosales and Clyde Mondilla.
Also a pre-tournament favorite after finishing second at Orchard, Mondilla hit seven birdies to negate a two-bogey mishap, while the long-hitting Rey Pagunsan bogeyed Nos. 14 and 17 and dropped to joint 15th with Frankie Miñoza, Mhark Fernando and rookie pro Ira Alido at 68 in the $60,000 event sponsored by ICTSI, organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by ICTSI, BDO, KZG, Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Sharp, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and PLDT.