Bianca Pagdanganan

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Bianca Pagdanganan (born 28 October 1997) is a Filipino professional golfer. As an amateur, she was a dual medalist in the 2018 Asian Games, winning a bronze in the women’s individual event and a gold medal in the team event with Yuka Saso and Lois Kaye Go.

She qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and placed 44th in the Olympic Golf Rankings at the end of the qualification period.


Early Life and Education

Bianca was born on 28 October 1997 in Quezon City to Samuel and Bing Pagdanganan. She studied at the Assumption Antipolo High School. In 2015, she entered the Gonzaga University to pursue a major degree in sports management. After two years, she transferred to the University of Arizona.

Her father influenced her to try golf. He would always bring her along his golf sessions during the weekends.

Competitive Career

Prior to moving to the United States, Pagdanganan has competed in national youth tournaments in the Philippines. She placed second in the 2012 PHILEX Northern Luzon Regional Amateur Golf Championship and 2013 Philippine Amateur Championship. She was a low medalist in the stroke play portion of the 2013 Philippine Amateur Open and won the 2013 Philippine Ladies Open. She also won the 2014 Philippine Junior Amateur Open.

She played for the golf team of Gonzaga University from 2015 to 2017. She later represented the University of Arizona and helped the Arizona Wildcats get the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships. She was dubbed “The Unicorn” for her skills in golf, particularly her long-driving ability.

Internationally, Pagdanganan competes for the Philippines. In 2017, she won at the Philippine Ladies Open, Branch Law Firm-Dick McGuire. She won at the 2018 Santi Cup and at the 2019 Branch Law Firm-Dick McGuire. She also won gold at the 2019 Hawkeye El Tigre Invitational, Southeast Asian Games.

She won a bronze medal in the women’s event and a gold medal in the team event with Saso and Go in the 2018 Asian Games.

Pagdanganan turned professional in January 2020 after earning her LPGA Tour card through the LPGA Q-Series in November 2019. In her LPGA debut, she finished joint 28th but she gained attention because of her driving distance of close to 295 yards.

At the Women’s PGA Championship, Pagdanganan finished at joint ninth and came third place in the LPGA Drive On Championship in Georgia in October.

Pagdanganan had a stellar start to her campaign at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She took the top spot after her first five holes, and ended the first round with a two-under par 69 at joint seventh. She stays in the top 10 and is tied with eight others.



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