BELLEAIR — Her story has barely begun and already everyone is talking about where it might end.Bianca Pagdanganan’s golf game could be that good. And her personality is that magnetic. It would be grossly premature to say she is the type of player who might one day change the norms of a sport, but it wouldn’t necessarily be wrong.Less than four months ago, she was ranked No. 798 in the world. Six tournaments into her rookie season, she already is No. 154 and outdriving the best players on the LPGA Tour at the Pelican Women’s Championship.Even better, she is a character. Not in an outlandish sense, but with a girl-next-door kind of innocence. She has a grip-it-and-rip-it mentality to her approach and little interest in obsessing over the technical aspects of her swing. As a little girl, her father coaxed her into following him to the driving range in her native Philippines with the promise of mango shakes, and that same easy-going vibe remains today.Except now, she is turning heads. A managing editor at the LPGA recently wrote “she is the future” on the tour website and no one seemed to laugh. Except maybe Pagdanganan herself.“It’s funny to me and I really try not to pay attention because, honestly, the way I look at it: I’m just doing me. I’m just being myself out here,” Pagdanganan said. “If people want to come out and watch me, that would be great, but it’s not like I’m trying to get attention. I’m literally doing my own thing, and having fun and living my dream out here. That’s what’s most important for me now.”It is a dream that has arrived in increments. From following her father to the driving range, to playing a course on a military base in Quezon City that was nearby and cheap. She was clearly talented but not widely known on the junior circuit because she wasn’t playing many tournaments.“She had limited time playing because, you know, it’s expensive. We just couldn’t afford it,” said her father, Sam. “So I told her, ‘Just keep playing here, practice and we will save for the big games that you need to join.’ There were few girls who played at the course so she played with boys her age and boys older than her. She played with generals. She played with anyone who was available to join her.“The first time she was (in the United States) she enjoyed it so much. She saw Pepperdine (University) and she knew it at that time. ‘I like it here. I’d like to play here, I’d like to study here.’ I told her, ‘Daddy cannot afford you to go school here. It’s very expensive. But if you keep on playing maybe you can get a scholarship.’ After that, she didn’t stop.”Pagdanganan (pronounced just the way it is spelled: pag-dang-a-nan) got that scholarship to Gonzaga University in Washington and later transferred to Arizona where she could play year-round, and eventually was part of a national championship-winning team.It wasn’t until she came to the States that Pagdanganan realized she was something of an anomaly in the women’s game. Her teammates were constantly ribbing her about how much farther she hit the ball off the tee, and it is a treat to watch her swing a driver.It’s not that she’s bigger (5-foot-4) or stronger than other players. It’s that she swings with all the force she can muster, and none of the fear that grips players afraid to miss a fairway. Pagdanganan leads the tour with an average of 288.7 yards per drive, which is 6 yards beyond anyone else.Slow down video of her swing and you can see she is on her tip toes as she’s driving the ball. She says her front foot sometimes gets airborne, like a baseball player generating power in a swing.There was a time when Brittany Lincicome was the standard for long hitters on the tour. Lincicome, now 35, was paired with Pagdanganan in the first two rounds of the Pelican Championship and said it brought back memories.“Super impressed. We’ve talked about her stats, her longer driving distances and I think, ‘Oh my god, I remember when I used to do that when I was 21 or 22.’” Lincicome said Friday. “I feel like I smashed my drive on 18 and she was like 25, 30 (yards) past me. It’s cool to see her hit it.”Her game is far from perfect. There is still work to be done with her putter, and the question of how she handles expectations and the rigors of a full season. She just turned 23 and is playing in her seventh tournament of 2020. She has yet to miss a cut and has two top-10 finishes. She’s been steady at the Pelican but is far out of contention after shooting 2 over in Saturday’s third round.It’s still impossible to know whether she is a mere shooting star, or someone who actually forces others to adjust their games to keep up. That’s the beauty of following a career in its infancy, and recognizing the wide range of possibilities ahead.For now, she is still a kid just out of college playing a shoot’em up video game Call of Duty in her down time. And she is still coming to grips with the idea that her talents may be outpacing her own expectations.“When I first started getting scholarship offers, I was like ‘Oh my goodness, is this for real.’ It was pretty surreal,” she said. “It wasn’t until later when I was already in college that I realized this was my passion, this was what I had been working for. “I could be a professional athlete.” Times staffer Mari Faiello contributed to this report. John Romano can be reached at email@example.com . Follow @romano_tbtimes.