TONY Lascuña fired a six-under 66 to win by six strokes in the ICTSI Classic crown at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club on Saturday in Lipa, Batangas.
Winner at Apo three weeks ago, Lascuña added to his haul this year, turning an overnight one-shot lead into a runaway triumph over Clyde Mondilla, Jay Bayron and Robert Pactolerin.
“It’s nice to win again and nicer to be able to post a runaway victory unlike the last time out when I had to rally to beat a solid player in Miguel,” said Lascuña, who pulled away by four over Pactolerin with a 34 start at Mt. Lubo then turned the tougher backside into a virtual playground with four birdies, including a pitch-in from 25 yards on No. 14.
Lascuna wound up with a 15-under 273, with earlier rounds of 69, 70 and 68. He pocketed P270,000 for a season total of P1,724,060, moving past absentee Angelo Que for No. 2 in the Philippine Golf Tour money list and closer to leader Miguel Tabuena (P1,795,256), who also skipped the event
Mondilla closed with four straight birdies for a five-under 67 and a 279 total to tie Bayron, who shot a 70, and Pactolerin, who birdied the last two holes to salvage a 71. They split the combined PP375,000 prize in the 10th leg of the circuit sponsored by ICTSI.
Elmer Salvador also fought back with a 67 to share fifth place with Orlan Sumcad, who carded a 68, Albin Engino, who hobbled with a 73, and top amateur Jobim Carlos, who turned in a 71, at 282. Rey Pagunsan shot a 67 to finish solo ninth at 283.
Anthony Fernando and Jhonnel Ababa each shot a 70 for joint 10th at 284, while first-round leader Arnold Villacencio limped home with a 77 and ended up in 12th at 285.
Lascuna played inspired with his family in the gallery, led by wife Cheryl Alferez and kids Antonette and Antonio III, who joined him at the podium during awards rites of the event backed by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Callaway, Srixon, Mizuno, TaylorMade, Nike Golf, Sharp, Custom Clubmakers, Titleist, Rudy Project, Pacsports, Omnisource, Cleveland Golf, KZG, FootJoy, Silicon, Empire and Great Depot.
“They’re my lucky charm,” said Lascuña, backed by Srixon balls, ICTSI and Ping, who gets a big boost ahead of the Aboitiz Invitational at this week Manila Southwoods.
“I’m confident of my chances but I know it will be tough with a lot of foreign players joining the hunt next week,” said Lascuña, bracing for a tougher challenge that will include Que and Tabuena plus the top 10 players in the Asian Develop Tour Order of Merit.