Lascuna Cruises To 9-Stroke Win

Antonio Lascuna played just hard enough to coast to a nine-shot victory in the ICTSI Wack Wack golf championship yesterday and claim the Order of Merit title.

Lascuna bogeyed the final hole to close out with even-par 72 and eight-under 280 over four days. He had earlier rounds of 70, 67 and 71.

The Davao-born golfer was the only one to finish under par as runner-up Elmer Salvador returned with a 74 and 289.

Tied for third place were Clyde Mondilla (75-72-72-72) and Zanie Boy Gialon (74-70-74-73).

Frankie Minoza (72-76-71-73) finished solo fifth at 4-over par 292.

Lascuna pocketed the top prize of P450,000, bringing his total earnings to P2.25 million. He's the only player to win three legs in the tour. He earlier won at Eagle Ridge and Southwoods.

"Of course I'm very happy with the win, this is my best year as a pro," said Lascuna, who will turn 42 years old on Tuesday.

After tapping the ball for bogey on the 18th, Lascuna waved to the crowd before hugging seven-year-old daughter Shanryl and wife Sheryl, who according to him will decide where the money will go.

Lascuna also had good results overseas this year, collecting $266,321 (about P10.6 million) in 15 Asian Tour events, which was good for 12th place overall in the Asian Tour OOM, his highest finish since joining the Tour in 2006.

A former caddie and many-time national team member, Lascuna entered the final round with a whopping seven-shot lead.

Playing pressure-free, Lascuna had two birdies against the same number of bogeys.

"I'll take a rest and spend time with my family," said Lascuna, "After that, after the New Year, I'll start practicing again on my own in preparation for the Asian Tour and Japan Tour. I hope I can continue play well next year."

Que (70-73-72-78), who shared the lead with Lascuna in the first round, finished tied for sixth with James Ryan Lam (71-75-72-75) and Carl Santos-Ocampo (72-75-69-77) at 5-over par 293, while Richard Sinfuego (78-72-71-74) and Arnold Villacencio (73-78-74-70) shared ninth at 7-over par 295.

The tournament was also supported by Empire Golf, Titleist, Footjoy, Callaway, TaylorMade, Mizuno, Srixon, Nike Golf, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp with Balls, Studio 23, Pinoygolfer.com and Inquirer Golf as media partners.

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