By Adrian Flores
Bianca Pagdanganan and Dottie Ardina can breathe easy for now.
At the middle point of the LPGA Q-Series, where they are aiming to get one of the 2023 Tour cards, the Filipinas are well within the cutoff line.
Pagdanganan, in fact, turned in her best round of five-under-par 67 in the fourth round of the first week that saw her jump to a share of 17th place, only four shots back from leader Lauren Hartlage of the US.
The highlight of Pagdanganan’s superb round at the Magnolia Grove Golf Course in Mobile, Alabama was a phenomenal string of birdie-eagle-birdie from Hole No. 5 to No. 7.
“It’s kind of crazy, you just feel calm when you’re at the point of your game. There is a sense of calmness and just confidence when you’re heading into those holes. It’s like you’re on a different level of Zen,” she said.
The 25-year-old Pagdanganan is no stranger to Q-School success. She made it through all three stages in 2019 and then she finished tied for 10th at Q-Series 2021.
“I seem to play well under stress and pressure, but obviously I don’t want to be doing that to myself all the time,” Pagdanganan said of her successes in Q-School.
Ardina, meanwhile, is tied at 41st despite turning in a decent one-over-par 73.