Bianca adds P438K to account


    BIANCA Pagdanganan closed out with an eagle-aided 69 yesterday (Sunday in the US) to wind up in a tie with three others for 34th place at the end of the Pelican Women’s Championship at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida.

    Pagdanganan sank her lone eagle in the 72-hole tournament on the par five No. 7 that went with a birdie on No. 13, offsetting bogeys on Nos. 9 and 15 at the tight par-70, 6,268-yard layout for a four-day tally of 283, taking home $9,103 (roughly P438,796) for her efforts.

    The 30th Southeast Asian Games double gold medalist finished 17 shots behind South Korean champion Sei Young Kim, who capped her performance with a 70 and 266 for a three-shot win over Ally McDonald and the top prize of $225,000 (P10.8 million).

    The long-hitting US LPGA tour rookie has racked up $195,372 (P9.8 million) in total earnings in seven events on the circuit.

    Her biggest takes came from her ninth-place finish in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship ($83,765) and her third-place finish at the LPGA Drive On Championship-Reynolds Lake Oconee ($83,557), tournaments held last October.

    Pagdanganan will reunite with former national teammate Yuka Saso when they make their debut in the US Women’s Open Championship on Dec. 10-13 at the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.

    Saso and Pagdanganan are ranked Nos. 25 and 46, respectively, in the International Golf Federation Olympic qualifying rankings and, assuming they remain in the top 60 of the ratings by the cut-off in June 28, 2021, will see action in the Tokyo Olympic Games.