Bianca launches bid with 69

Bianca Pagdanganan started and ended with a birdie as she launched her campaign in the Carlisle Women’s Golf Classic with a three-under-par 69 at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona Thursday.

The 25-year-old Filipina, averaging 285 yards off the tee, played the par-5 holes in 4-under to trail Americans Amanda Doherty, Katherine Smith, Emilee Hoffman, Kathleen Scavo and Karen Chung by three.

Starting at the back, Pagdanganan birdied 10 and 18 to counter a bogey on 12.

After an eagle on the first hole, a par-5, she bogeyed 16 and closed with a birdie.

Pagdanganan hit 8 of 14 fairways, and reached 14 of 18 greens but needed 30 putts to complete the round. She is tied for 19th spot.

Dottie Ardina finished on 73 while Clariss Guce submitted a 74.

Ardina was 1-over through seven holes while Guce was 6-over after seven holes.

Abby Arevalo, the other Filipina in the field, shot a 78.

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