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Rookie Gialon tops NegOr classic

/ 08:43 AM July 21, 2012

ZANIE BOY Gialon belied his rookie status with a steady putting game as he shot in a tap-in on the par-3 8th hole to down Tony Lascuna in the playoff and claim the title in the rain-drenched P1 million ICTSI Negros Occidental Classic at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club in Bacolod City yesterday.

Heavy rains rendered the par-70 layout unplayable, forcing the organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. to cancel the final round of the 54-hole event and hold a playoff between Gialon and Lascuna, who finished tied for the lead at 134 after 36 holes of play.

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Gialon, 22, held his ground against the veteran Lascuna in sudden death, hacking his 6-iron to within 20 feet and barely missing a birdie putt.

Lascuna pulled his tee-shot short of the green and flubbed a par-putt from eight feet to yield the crown to Gialon, who pocketed P200,000 and vowed to go for a follow-up in next week’s ICTSI Iloilo Golf Challenge at Sta. Barbara.

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Lascuna settled for P120,000, raising his front-running earnings to P1,223,750 in the Order of Merit but absorbing his second straight playoff setback here aftert losing to Robert Pactolerin in a four-hole playoff last year. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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