Lascuna and Rosales for Philippines Fortis challenge
Tony Lascuna is hoping a return to his favourite hunting ground
will bolster the Philippines hopes in the Fortis International
Challenge at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club next week.
Lascuna will partner Gerald Rosales and bid for one of five tickets
at stake to the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in China in November
against 19 other two-man nations from Asia, Europe and Africa.
A return to Malaysia will bring happy memories as Lascuna triumphed
in a local event earlier this year and then finished runner-up in
the the Asian Tours Iskandar Johor Open last month.
I am really excited as this is only my second time at the
qualifier. I believe in my partner Gerald as he has a very good
game and I am confident we can go on to qualify for China,
said Lascuna, who was unsuccessful in his first qualifying campaign
Lascuna, who mixes coaching the Philippine amateur team with his
travels on the Asian Tour, has produced some sparkling golf in recent
times where he was also tied third in the Brunei Open earlier this
Now that he has virtually sealed his top-60 place on the Asian Tours
UBS Order of Merit which will give him full playing rights for the
2008 season, Lascuna is hoping to sweeten his season by qualifying
for the World Cup.
Ive partnered Gerald during our amateur days and I think
he is solid off the tee. His overall game is good but his strength
to me is in his driving, said Lascuna.
I am pleased with how I have been playing on the Asian Tour
and my form has picked up in the second half of the season. Hopefully
it will be a notch better when I play in the Fortis International
As Lascuna will be playing at Kota Permai for the first time, he
will rely on the advice from Rosales, who has played several times
at the popular venue. It will be my first time on the course
but I believe we have a strong chance to make it through if both
of us maintain our current form and support each other on the golf
course, he said.
Iceland, meanwhile, withdrew from the Fortis International Challenge
which now means a total of 20 teams from Asia, Europe and Africa
will chase for five tickets to the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.
Amongst the early favourites include Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Holland,
Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and home team Malaysia, who will be
represented by Airil Rizman and Iain Steel.
The Fortis International Challenge will use the fourball (better
ball) format in the first and third rounds and foursomes (alternate
shot) in the second and final rounds.
A total of 18 teams have qualified automatically for the Omega Mission
Hills World Cup through the Official World Golf Rankings with the
remaining 10 places being decided through qualifying in Asia and
The teams who have entered the Fortis International Challenge are
Chinese Taipei (Lin Wen-tang, Lin Wen-hong)
Ghana (Emos Korblah, Victor Brave Mensah)
Holland (Robert Jan Derksen, Maarten Lafeber)
Hong Kong (James Stewart, Wong Woon Man)
Korea (Lee Sung, Lee Seung-ho)
Myanmar (Zaw Moe, Soe Kyaw Naing)
Malaysia (Iain Steel, Airil Rizman)
Mauritius (Billy Narraina, Vishnoo Seeneevassen)
New Zealand (Stephen Scahill, Richard Lee)
Nigeria (Odoh Andrew Oche, Umoh Michael Edet)
Nepal (Shiva Ram Shrestha, Sachin Bhattarai)
Pakistan (Muhammad Munir, Muhammad Shabbir)
Philippines (Tony Lascuna, Gerald Rosales)
Russia (Korchak Igor, Ostankov Victor)
Swaziland (Meshack Zwane, Moses Shongwe)
Singapore (Lam Chih Bing, Mardan Mamat)
Switzerland (Martin Rominger, Robert Wiederkehr)
Slovenia (Andrej Kraljic, Janez Grilc)
Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee, Prayad Marksaeng)
Uganda (Deo Akope, Godfrey Mande)
September 21, 2007