Bianca Pagdanganan captures first SEA Games 2019 golf gold

Beatrice Go
Asian Games bronze medalist Bianca Pagdanganan leads the Philippine golf team to its first gold in the 2019 SEA Games

FIRST GOLD. A strong second-round performance proves to be the difference for Bianca Pagdanganan. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

CLARK, Philippines – Bianca Pagdanganan ruled the women’s individual stroke play to win her first gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Friday, December 6, at the Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac. 

Pagdanganan banked on her strong second-round performance and tallied 71 in the third round for a total of 7-under 216.

The 2018 Asian Games bronze medalist edged out Thailand’s Kan Bunnabodee, who hit back-to-back bogeys down the stretch in the final round to settle for a 4-under 216.

“We knew that Bianca would be able to catch up in the closing holes as she’s always proven to do when she’s behind,” said National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP) secretary-general Bones Floro.

“We look forward to equally exciting battles during the last two days for the team match play competitions.”

The Philippine women’s golf team looks to bag another twin kill in the SEA Games as the team events will close out the tournament on Sunday, December 8. –

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.