Local ace Tony Lascuna gets an early test of will and character as he slugs it out with American Brett Munson and Thai Pavin Tangkamolprasert in one of the featured flights in today’s (Wednesday) kickoff of the Asian Development Tour’s (ADT) ICTSI (International Container Terminal Services, Inc.) Riviera Class at Langer course in Silang Cavite.
Lascuña, who firmed up his bid for a third straight Order of Merit (OOM) crown on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour with a victory at Valley early this month, drew two of the top five players in the current ADT OOM ranking, guaranteeing an early shootout among the fancied players in the $60,000 event serving as the sixth leg of the ADT, the farm circuit of the Asian Tour.
“I’ve been playing well the last three tournaments and I’m sure that will help in my campaign here at Riviera,” said Lascuña, referring to his victory at ICTSI Valley Challenge and a joint runner-up finish at the Philippine Open at Wack Wack two weeks ago.
“I just ran out of holes at Wack Wack but I feel confident about my (title) chances here,” added Lascuña, who also had an impressive stint on the Asian Tour last month, including a joint 11th place effort at The Championship in Singapore.
Ranged against Munson and Tangkamolprasert in the 7 a.m. flight on No. 10, the ace Davaoeño shotmaker hopes to come out strong and build some kind of momentum and confidence needed on a course as demanding as Langer.
“I’ll try my best to hold my own against these two players and I think I have a chance against them due to my familiarity with Langer,” said Lascuña, referring to the challenging par-71 layout, which varies in character in every swirl of the wind.
Save for some par-5 holes, the long hitters do not necessarily hold an advantage at the tight, ravine-laced Langer layout, which punishes wayward shots and reward those with accurate ones, thus giving premium on strategy rather than power.