Former LPGA Champion Jennifer Rosales Mentors Her Outstanding Golfer Sisters Francesca Nicole and Stephanie Joy Gaisano Gan

MANILA, Philippines – Young golfers Francesca Nicole and Stephanie Joy Gaisano Gan have secured spots at the IMG Academy Junior World Championship after their impressive performances in the Philippines qualifier held recently in Cavite.

Nicole, 11, topped the girls’ division 11-12 with a three-day total of 261 after rounds of 85-86-90, winning the title by two strokes over Tashanah Niña Balangauan, who finished with a 263 at the Eagle. Crete.

Lois Laine Go (283) and Isabella Alanis Tabanas (284) joined the two in their group as the top four in each age group who secured places in the Junior World Championship which ran from 10 to July 14 in San Diego, California.

This is Gan’s fourth time earning a berth in the World Junngolf Tournament, most recently during her title run in the 2019 Girls 9-10 Qualifier at Intramuros Golf and Country Club in Manila.

As for four-year-old Stephanie, she is the youngest to qualify for the Philippines this year when she finished second in the Under-6s after bouncing back with a 70-74 in the final two days of qualifying following a an opening. 91 day in Riviera.

She finished with a total of 235 behind champion Kamilla Edriana del Mundo at 213 after rounds of 66-71-76 in qualifying held by the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines (JGFP).

“I’m proud of what they’ve accomplished. At a young age, Nicole and Stephanie will represent our country on the world stage,” said Oliver Gan, himself a former Filipino jungolf champion who is currently a consultant to the Games and Amusements Board (GAB).

“For me too, I’m just happy to see that our young golfers are finally back in a tournament because other countries have held events over the past few months,” added Gan, whose daughters are under guardianship. of former LPGA champion Jennifer. Rosales.

Before heading to the global event, Han Gaisano Gan said his two children were to compete in Thailand following an invitation from the Thailand Golf Association (TGA), saying, “This is our next step before going. in San Diego.”

Other qualifiers in the boys division are Sooreen Lee, Rafael Lucas de Guzman and Kenzo Gavin Tan in the 6-under; Ryuji Suzuki, Mico Deltheo Woo and Raiden Jmari Valle in 7-8; Ralph Rian Batican, Race Phoenix Manhit, Jared Saban and Jose Jacobo Gomez at 9-10; Geoffrey Drew Tan, Marc Kristoffer Nadales, Scott Nicholas Ng and Emilio Hernandez in 11-12; Shinichi Suzuki, Patrick Gene Tambalque, Luis Ballesteros and Zach Villaroman in 13-14; Jet Hernandez, Miguel Armando Ilas IV, Sean Dominique Granada and Bobe Salahog in 15-18.

On the girls side, the qualifiers are Maria Brianna Macasaet, Venus delos Santos and Kelly Robyn Ng in 7-8; Johanna Blair Uyking, Brittany Pauline Tamayo, Margaux Namoco and Jacqiline Ellouise Audrey Garcia in 9-10; Reese Allyson Ng, Lia Gabrielle Rosca, Mikhaella Constantino and Céline Abalos in 13-14; Mom. Rafaela Singson, Arnie Pauline Taguines, Sunshine Burberry Zhang and Eagle Ace Superal in 15-18. –