Filipino golf star Bianca Pagdanganan has equaled the US Women’s Open presented by Promedica and that is enough to secure Saturday’s T-time.
The former NCAA champion submitted a one-under par 70 at the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in the Southern Hills of North Carolina on Friday morning. Combined with an opening 74, it leaves Pagdanganan at +3, two away from the projected cut line at +1. But at the end of the day it was enough to cut the numbers.
Pagdanganan mounted his charge with three birdies in the first five holes to get +1 After 10 birdies, he went down to the level of the tournament.
But the fourteenth crashed with a double bogie and a bogie at number 17.
The Olympians needed a bunch of players before him to keep the balance of Friday’s game and that is exactly what happened. As the situation worsened in the afternoon the cut line moved to +3 and he booked his ticket on the weekend.
Defending champion Yuka Sasso’s reign is over. The Filipino-Japanese submitted a round of 74 for a +9 set to miss six cuts. As he did Thursday, Sasso dug four, five, seven, eight and nine holes. Sasso can blame a bulky driver because he hit 14 of 28 fairways with 36 holes.
Filipino Dot Ardina had a great day with a three-birdie hull and 70, but thanks to her 77 starting, she finished +5 and packed her bags.
Also finishing their tournament are Phil-New Zealand’s Julian Alvarez (+13), and Phil-Am Mariel Galdiano (+6).
However, American Alison Corpus, a Filipino girl, safely reached +1 after 74.
The leaders are Mina Harige of the United States and Minji Lee of Australia, who are in the 9th.
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