Filipino Olympians: 5 facts to know about golfer Bianca Pagdanganan

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Bianca Pagdanganan of the Philippines follows through on her tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Marathon Classic LPGA golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at the Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Filipino golfer Bianca Pagdanganan is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • Bianca Pagdanganan is the third Philippine golfer in the Tokyo-bound national contingent, alongside Juvic Pagunsan and Yuka Saso.

Dec 11, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Bianca Pagdanganan prepares to putt on the 1st green during the second round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at Champions Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
Filipino golfer Bianca Pagdanganan. (Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports)
  • She booked a trip to Japan through the second qualification quota after placing 42nd in the world rankings.

Bianca Pagdanganan, of the Philippines, releases her club after her drive off the ninth tee during the second round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Houston, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Filipino golfer Bianca Pagdanganan. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • She first made a name for herself in the collegiate scene in the United States. There, she played for Gonzaga University before taking her talents to the University of Arizona, where she helped the Wildcats capture the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships.

Arizona's Bianca Pagdanganan watches her shot from the fourth tee during the final round of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Filipino golfer Bianca Pagdanganan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
  • She made an impact for the Philippines when she suited up in the 2018 Asian Games and the 2019 SEA Games, earning a total of three golds and a bronze.

Bianca Pagdanganan, of the Philippines, hits off the ninth tee during the second round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Houston, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Filipino golfer Bianca Pagdanganan. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • She first ventured into the professional golfing scene in 2020, seeing action in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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