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Lascuña kicks off bid

Tony Lascuña hopes to buck fatigue and the expected charge of a slew of rivals as he kicks off his bid for a third straight victory on the Philippine Golf Tour in the ICTSI Bacolod Golf Challenge unfolding today at the Bacolod Golf and Country Club in Binitin.

“I’m a little bit tired but I still feel good,” said Lascuña, playing on his third straight week, including a stint in the Asian PGA Tour in Taiwan last week.

Though he wound up way below at joint 69th in the Yeanger Tournament Players’ Championship, the veteran campaigner remains upbeat of his chances, ready to add another title to his victories at Eagle Ridge and Forest Hills last month.

To prepare himself for another grueling campaign, the 46-year-old Lascuña skipped yesterday’s pro-am and will start at 7:40 a.m. today on No. 10 with Charles Hong and Rene Menor.

“I just need a good start and let’s see what happens from there. But this will be anybody’s race with so many others raring to score a win on this short but challenging course,” said Lascuña.

Premium will be on accuracy with the tight par-70 layout expected to punish wayward shots and its unpredictable putting surface tipped to spell the difference between victory and defeat.

“I like my chances here,” said Cassius Casas, also out to snap a long title spell in the circuit sponsored by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

Overnight rain actually softened the narrow fairways a bit with rookie pro Justin Quiban also putting emphasis on course management.

“The course is tight and short and the long hitters will have to make a lot of adjustments to score here,” said Quiban

Quiban drew veteran Elmer Salvador and former leg winner Joenard Rates in the 7:30 a.m. flight on No. 1.