PHI junior golfers tee for bronze

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 11, 2015 08:19 PM
PHI junior golfers tee for bronze
Filipino junior golfers are on the right track to bag bronze.

SINGAPORE --- The Filipino youngsters are playing like veterans — with 13-year-old Harmie Nicole Constantino positioning herself for the women’s individual bronze medal — at the Sentosa Golf Club and surged into contention for a podium finish in 28th Southeast Asian Games golf on Thursday.

Wei Wei Gao, 15, carded an even par 72, Aniceto Mandanas and Ruperto Zaragoza III submitted a 75 each for a third-straight 222 and a three-day 666 total that tied them with Indonesia (217-666) at third place going into the final round on Friday.

Dan Emilio Cruz’s 78 did not count in the third round where Thailand submitted its worst round in three days of 216—after a 214 and 212—but was still enough for the No. 1 spot with its 642 aggregate. Singapore also slowed down after a 215 and 217 in the first two days with a 221 on Thursday, but the hosts held on to second with 653.

In the 54-hole women’s play, Constantino submitted one of two 71s for the day—second best for the round—as the Philippines hounded third-running Indonesia with a 147 and a 302 total.

Bianca Isabel Pagdanganan, 17, contributed a 76—Lou Daniella Uy’s 82 did not count—that put the Filipina kids five strokes behind Indonesia (154-297).

Thailand looked to sweeping the gold medals in golf as it led the women’s division with a 140 output on Thursday for a 283 total, 13 strokes ahead also of Singapore (150-296).

Together with a 74 in the first round, Constantino stood at third overall with 145, five shots off leader Suthavee Chanachai of Thailand and two strokes behind second-running Koh Hok Swee of the host team. Trailing the young Filipina by one shot was Thai Pajaree Anannarukarn.


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