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Bianca leads Philippine charge at Anvaya

MANILA, Philippines, February 21 ------ Bianca Pagdanganan will provide the star power to a top-notch field in the Anvaya Cove Ladies International beginning tomorrow in Morong, Bataan, delighted with her return to the local golf scene and thrilled about competing in her first pro tournament in the country.

“I’m excited and looking forward to playing my first professional event in the Philippines,” said Pagdanganan, who led the country’s sweep in the individual and team gold medals in the 2019 SEA Games at Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac before launching her pro career in the LPGA Tour in 2020.

The 25-year-old ace spearheads the local challenge against a host of aces from Taiwan and Thailand. The $100,000 championship is sponsored by ICTSI and co-sanctioned by the Taiwan LPGA Tour led by No. 1 Ya-Chun Chang. “I’m eager to be playing competitive again and to be able to play in front of a home crowd,” she added.

Pagdanganan is bracing for a showdown with Chang, who joined the Arizona Wildcats for the 2018-19 US NCAA season when the Filipina ace played out her senior year. “Chang was my teammate in college and I am good friends with her,” said Pagdanganan. “It’s always a pleasure playing with top players from each country as it brings out the best in us.”

With Thailand’s No. 2 PK Kongkraphan standing at the forefront of the country’s perennial rivals’ charge, Pagdanganan and the rest of the locals, including Chanelle Avaricio, Harmie Constantino and Chihiro Ikeda, indeed face a daunting test in the 54-hole championship organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and which kicks off the new LPGT season. “I haven’t played with a lot of them in a while, so I’m looking forward to being in the same field as them,” said Pagdanganan when asked of her thoughts on playing with the locals in a premier championship. “There’s so much talent in Philippine women’s golf.”

Daniella Uy is likewise making a return of sort after campaigning in the US circuit after nailing her first LPGT win at Riviera two years ago, while the likes of Marvi Monsalve, Gretchen Villacencio, Pamela Mariano, Sarah Ababa, Rev Alcantara and Yvon Bisera hope to come out strong and fuel their respective bids for a breakthrough victory.



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