By Waylon Galvez
Asian Games gold medal winner Bianca Pagdanganan fired a two-under 70 at the start of golf action in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Wednesday at the Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac.
Pagdanganan has a one-shot lead on Thailand’s Kan Bunnabodee, who had an opening round of 71. Natasha Oon of Malaysia is at third with a 72, while Lois Kaye Go of the Philippines is at fourth spot with a 73.
Pagdanganan and Go bagged the team event in the Asian Games in Indonesia last year alongside Yuka Saso.
Abby Arevalo, the third member of the Philippine Team in this biennial meet, had an opening round of 79.
Sean Jean Ramos of the Philippines, on the other hand, was a shot behind the four leaders after he carded a 69 in the men’s division.
Ramos’ score was the best for the four-man national team in the first day of stroke play in golf competition after Aidric Chan, Carl Corpus and Luis Miguel Castro all had a 74.
Four players are tied with 68s to share the lead — Singapore’s James Leow and Hiroshi Hirahara Tai and Thailand’s Denwit David Boriboonsub and Nopparat Panichphol.
The stroke play will continue on Thursday and Friday before Match Play starts Saturday where the top eight players from the stroke play will advance. The top four will move to the medal round Sunday.