BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Big hitting Bianca emerges as Asia’s new star of golf

Big hitting Bianca emerges as Asia’s new star of golf

GOLF: There’s a new young Asian talent to follow on the LPGA Tour, and for a change she’s not South Korean, Japanese or Thai – but from the Philippines.

Golf
By AFP

Tuesday 27 October 2020, 02:09PM


Pagdanganan, who won team gold and individual bronze for the Philippines at the 2018 Asian Games, has been regularly blasting her driver past the 300-yard mark, a distance few women can match. Photo: AFP.

Pagdanganan, who won team gold and individual bronze for the Philippines at the 2018 Asian Games, has been regularly blasting her driver past the 300-yard mark, a distance few women can match. Photo: AFP.

Rookie Bianca Pagdanganan, who turns 23 tomorrow (Oct 28), has been captivating observers with her relaxed demeanour and prodigious power since making her pro debut in July.

Pagdanganan finished tied ninth two weeks ago in her first major, the PGA Championship, and was then tied for third Sunday at the Drive On Championships behind winner Ally McDonald and world number five Danielle Kang to rocket to 43rd in the 2020 money list after playing only six events.

But it’s her length off the tee which has many believing she could be the future of women’s golf.

Pagdanganan, who won team gold and individual bronze for the Philippines at the 2018 Asian Games, has been regularly blasting her driver past the 300-yard mark, a distance few women can match.

“Yeah, she whacks it,” said Haley Moore, her NCAA championship-winning teammate at the University of Arizona. “We we’re like, ‘Oh man, don’’ try to keep up with her. She bombs it’.”

MACNELS SHIPPING PHUKET

Father Sam says Pagdanganan wants to be “the first woman to average 300 yards” (in driving distance). She is already well on her way, leading the tour stats at 288.8 yards, fully six yards further than the next best.

Veteran English major-winner Karen Stupples is already a fan. “She’s got the personality. But she is also the only woman in the game with that kind of power who isn’t afraid to use it,” Stupples told LPGA.com.

“Other players could hit it as far as she does, but they’re afraid to do it. They’ve been told that they need to pull back and keep it in play or hit it to a number. She doesn’t care about any of that. She picks a line and rips it.”

Pagdanganan doesn’t seem to know what all the fuss is about. “I never really noticed that I hit it far until people started telling me in college,” she says, adding that she is just happy to “live my dream”.

“If you told me a couple years ago that I would be playing on the LPGA Tour and be in this position in my rookie year, I wouldn’t believe you.”

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Myanmar woman negative for COVID, say Phuket officials

A woman, able to fled hospital under the short sighted eyes of police ( why fled?) A V/G who not ex...(Read More)


Fire drill at Jungceylon, Patong

went there a couple of weeks ago, would have less than a dozen people to evacuate...(Read More)


National park files charges against owner of illegal B40mn resort

It's plainly obvious K that Ms N refused to comply with the order, as she believes she is right....(Read More)


More than 200kg of fishing nets collected from Shark Point

k...take your dash cam out there and report back...(Read More)


Government approves 120km/h speed limit

Kurt, at least get the facts right. Many cars with a bigger engine using lesser fuel while driving ...(Read More)


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Covid runaway found in Phuket? 4 years until Thai tourism recovery, says officials! || December 3

4 Years until Thai tourism recovery? Great news for Phuket!. That means 4 years to establish 'Ne...(Read More)


National park files charges against owner of illegal B40mn resort

Ms N. refused to comply with the order. Why? Is it because the thinking the law is always for other...(Read More)


More than 200kg of fishing nets collected from Shark Point

In and around ships wrecks is a rich marine life, including fish. Fishing boat crews know that, are ...(Read More)


More than 200kg of fishing nets collected from Shark Point

Again someone pulls 'abroad' in, where it is same in this particular Phuket and marine surro...(Read More)


Government approves 120km/h speed limit

Fact: By speed of 100km/h is the level of polluted car exhaust 40% lower than at 120km/h. Fact: And ...(Read More)