Filipino golfers fall short in Vietnam SEA Games individual events

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 15) – Filipino golfers came up short in the individual events of the 31st Southeast Asian Games at the par-72 Heron Lake Golf Course in Vinh Phuc, Vietnam.

Lois Kaye Go settled for fourth-place in the women’s individual play after closing out with a 70 for a 215, as she failed to defend the title won by now pro golfer Bianca Pagdanganan in 2019.

Go had a shaky 76 in the first round and her second-round performance of 69 was not enough to overcome the deficit.

Mafy Singson and Rianne Malixi also failed to land a podium finish, after the former struggled with a 73 and finished with a 219, while the latter shot a 221.

Thailand’s Natthakritta Vongtaveelap won the gold medal with a four-under-par 68, capping her brilliant 54-hole performance.

Singapore’s Aloysa Atienza Mabutas rallied from joint fourth place to a silver medal finish on Sunday after she shot a tournament-best 65. Malaysian golfer Jeneath Wong fired a 69 for the bronze with a 209.

In the men’s side, Jed Dy wound up with a 222 after scoring a 72 in one round, while Jet Hernandez tallied 224 after incurring a 78.

Gab Manotoc also struggled with a 79 for a total score of 228 and Kristoffer Arevalo lagged behind after two 78s for a 235.

The Filipino golfers will next compete for the team gold, with the quarterfinals starting on Monday. The semifinals are scheduled on Tuesday while the gold and bronze medal matches are set on Wednesday.

The Philippines is also the defending champion in the women's team event, ruled by Pagdanganan and Go in 2019.