Golf: Pinay champ stars, as Arizona advances to NCAA title match


Posted at May 23 2018 03:58 PM

Bianca Pagdanganan. File/Courtesy of

From a high school in Antipolo to University of Arizona, Bianca Pagdanganan is making a name on the fairways. 

She has been a vital part of the Tucson school's run to the US NCAA title match this past week, helping the Wildcats book a clash with Alabama for all the marbles set for Wednesday (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 her team defeated Stanford 4-1 in the semifinals.

According to her a bio, posted on the same site, Pagdanganan graduated from Assumption in Antipolo and won the 2014 Philippine Junior Amateur Open. 

In 2013, she won the amateur division of the Philippine Ladies Open.

She played 2 years in Gonzaga before transferring to Arizona.

This week, she has earned the praise of her team for her clutch play.

She hit a 30-foot eagle on the last hole of stroke play on Monday versus Baylor, a shot that helped the Wildcats advance to match play.

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

In the quarterfinals against UCLA, Pagdanganan won her match 1 up, her birdie on the 18th hole sending Arizona to the next round.

Against Stanford, she also won 1 up.

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

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