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Pagunsan tops SPGAP

I’m happy because my game is still here.

Rey Bancod

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Juanito Pagunsan fired a three-under par 63 to win the Senior Professional Golfers Association of the Philippines (SPGAP) yesterday at the Army Golf Club in Taguig.

Pagunsan, father of Japan Tour regular Juvic, used his length off the tee to collect three birdies against one bogey.

“I’m happy because my game is still here,” said the 66-year-old Aguinaldo pro who topped the 60-69 super senior division.

Pagunsan said he used to campaign in the senior circuit in Thailand before taking a two-year sabbatical.

“I decided to take a break after the cash prizes went down,” said Pagunsan, who hopes that more tournaments like this will be held in the future.

Former Philippine Open champion Mario Manubay finished second behind Pagunsan after beating Oscar Colmenas via countback. Both players submitted four-over par 70s.
Pagunsan’s three-under was the best score of the day.

In the 50-59 bracket, Arnaldo Gomez of Philippine Navy shot 64 to post a two-shot win over another Philippine Open winner Robert Pactolerin who matched par despite six birdies.
Eduard Tumamao settled for third with 68.

Sonny Orquiza, a 72-year-old player based in San Francisco, California, topped the 70-and-above class with 71, two shots ahead of 74-year-old Abad Jorge.

Third place went to multi-titled Mario Siodina who turned in a 77.

The tournament coincided with the election of officers of the SPGAP, an organization trying to revive the seniors golf circuit.

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