From Antipolo to Arizona, Pinay golf champ making a name on the fairways

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  • A Pinay golf champ from a high school in Antipolo is now making her name and being recognized as she plays for the University of Arizona in a recent tourney
  • She graduated from Assumption in Antipolo and became a champion of the 2014 Philippine Junior Amateur Open
  • “How many players, when you tell them under pressure that you need them, can really handle it… This kid can,” her head coach said in an article in Golf Channel website

From a high school in Antipolo to the University of Arizona, Filipina golf champ Bianca Pagdanganan is making her name recognized on the fairways*.

Bianca has been a vital part of the Tucson school’s run to the US NCAA title match the past week, helping her Wildcats team book a clash with Alabama for all the marbles set for Thursday (Manila time.)

“I think with her (Pagdanganan) play and her being in general has pushed the other four to be as great as she is,” Arizona head coach Laura Ianello said in an article posted on the Wildcats website after they defeated Stanford 4-1 in the semifinals.

According to Bianca’s bio, posted on the Wildcats website, she graduated from Assumption in Antipolo and became a champion of the 2014 Philippine Junior Amateur Open.

She also won the amateur division of the Philippine Ladies Open in 2013.

This week, she has earned the praise of her team for her clutch play as she hits a 30-foot eagle on the last hole of stroke play on Monday versus Baylor. The shot helped the Wildcats advance to match play.

“How many players, when you tell them under pressure that you need them, can really handle it… This kid can,” Ianello said about Bianca in an article posted on the Golf Channel website.

“I don’t want to let them down so I do my best to rise to the occasion,” Bianca said in the Golf Channel article.

*The area between the tee box and the putting green where the grass is cut even and short is called the fairway.

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