By Waylon Galvez
The women’s national golf team ended a six-year drought with a sweep of all its events in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Sunday at the Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac.
Bianca Pagdanganan, gold medalist in the individual category, bested Natasha Oon of Malaysia 3-2 in the final pairing of match play after Lois Kaye Go finished all-square with Ashley Lau.
The last time the Philippines swept the women’s event was in 2013 when former amateur standout Princess Superal bagged the individual title and then teamed up with Katrina Pelen-Briones and Clare Amelia Legaspi to rule the team event of the Myanmar SEA Games.
In the 2011 biennial meet in Indonesia, Chihiro Ikeda of the Philippines also captured the individual women’s gold medal, and then helped the team to the title with Mia Piccio and Dottie Ardina.
“Another great day for The Philippines,” said National Golf Association of the Philippines secretary-general Bones Floro said. “Golf has taken one giant leap the past year and a half.”
“Our golfers have truly matured and taken their games to higher levels,” added Floro, as Pagdanganan and Go added to their collection the SEA Games victory to the gold medals they won with Yuka Saso in the team event of the Asian Games last year in Indonesia.
Saso also won the individual gold medal and Pagdanganan took the bronze medal in the Asiad.
The other member of the women’s team in this SEA Games is Abby Arevalo.
The men’s team likewise ended a long 10-year drought as it finally made the podium after Sean Jean Ramos, Aidric Chan, Carl Corpus and Luis Miguel Castro won the bronze medal.
The Philippines defeated Indonesia after Castro – a member of the University of North Carolina golf team and son of former Gilas Pilipinas team manager Aboy – edged Jonathan Wijono 1-0.
The last time the men’s national team had a podium finish was the Mhark Fernando, Antonio Asistio II, Jhonnel Ababa and Jude Estaquio settled with the bronze medal in 2009 SEA Games in Laos.
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