Dabawenyos finish runner-up to Cebuanos in 62nd PAL golfest

Davao City Golf and Country Club scored a four-day total of 450 points to finish runner-up to Cebu Country Club in the Founder’s Division of the 62nd Philippine Airlines Interclub Golf Tournament, Saturday, at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club.

Peter Bollant finished with 35 points and Davao City’s young stars Mico Samanodi submitted 30 and EJ Casintahan with 28 points. William de Leon added 25 points.

The Cebuanos posted a 48-point win against the Dabawenyos, a big improvement from last year’s third place finish in Bacolod. Charles Hong registered 34 points, 32 from Kiyofumi Takahashi, 31 points each from Mark Sarmiento and Carl Almario.

Canlubang Golf and Country Club, on the other hand, could not be denied its fourth straight title in the premier championship division of the men’s regular on Saturday at the Apo Golf and Country Club course.

Jonel Ababa, a former Apo talent, led Canlubang’s attack with 38 points and fellow Dabawenyo Zunieboy Gialon carded 37 points while 36 points came from Mark Fernando and 30 from Dave Hernandez for a final day count of 141 points and 551 four-day total. Tomas Manotoc’s 29 did not count.

The debuting The Country Club failed to stop Canlubang’s winning run with 542 points despite the presence of former Apo players too. Peter Villaber finished with 36 points, Ferdinand Aunzo had 34 and Rufino Bayron’s 33 did not even count. Juan Raul Tanpinco submitted 37 points.

Del Monte Golf Club of Bukidnon landed at third place with 489 points.

This year’s platinum sponsors are ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network, Solar Sports and GE Aviation.

The major backers are Action Asia, Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3, with Pagcor, Rajah Broadcasting Network, Century Park Hotel and Honda Cars Davao as the minor sponsors.

The Scores:

Championship – Canlubang 551 (133-132-145-141), The Country Club 542 (138-125-137-142), Del Monte 489 (118-121-131-119), Manila Southwoods 486 (121-117-129-119), Manila Golf 412 (102-88-114-108), Team Brookside 380 (108-95-70-107), Sta. Elena 360 (93-88-86-93), Shanghai 251 (86-50-65-50), Leyte 244 (75-57-49-63), PGA BC 231 (54-46-64-67), Mabuhay Golf Club SFO 221 (91-55-50-25), SFO Heritage 216 (69-59-41-47), Pinoy Vancouver 189 (50-57-47-35), Green Tee Club 182 (39-42-52-49), 1872 Golfers 156 (31-20-43-62), Mabuhay Las Vegas 137 (22-23-44-48), Fil-Am New Jersey 115 (-2-26-37-54).

Founders – Cebu Country Club 498 (112-135-123-128), Davao Golf 450 (111-106-115-118), Forest Hills 441 (90-123-118-110), Negros 430 (99-107-111-113), Tagaytay Highlands 428 (101-131-94-102), Alabang 407 (94-107-97-109), Wack Wack 424 (98-101-107-118), Alta Vista 419 (96-93-120-110), Valley Golf 409 (96-96-113-104), Orchard 406 (104-85-98-112), Riviera 400 (98-98-97-103), Villamor 396 (96-103-95-102), Palos Verdes 377 (96-89-97-95).

Founders Day 4 scores:

Cebu 128 – Charles Hong 34, Kiyofumi Takahashi 32, Mark Sarmiento 31, Carl Almario 31

Davao 118 – Peter Bollant 35, Mico Samanodi 30, EJ Casintahan 28, William de Leon 25

Forest Hills 110 – Seong Il-hun 32, Miguel Garcia 31, Raffy Garcia 26, Kim Seong-geun 21

Canlubang widens lead to ten over TCC, Capistrano scores ace but no Honda car

DAVAO CITY – Canlubang Golf and Country Club carded a third round 145 at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country, Feb.27, to inch closer an unprecedented bid for Philippine Airlines Interclub history.

Joseph Labajo humbled the par 72 6,4500-yard Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club course with a three under par 69 to star for the sweet swingers from Laguna for 39 points while Jessie Balasabas made 38, Alvin Engino shot 36 and Labajo’s brother Mario contributed 32.

Together with their earlier efforts of 133 and 132, the Canlubang bets goes back to Apo on Feb.28 for the final round with 410 and a comfortable 10-point lead.

The Country Club, Canlubang’s neighbor, fired 137 on Antonio Asistio’s 39, the 33s of Joey Huerva and Dante Beciera and Anthony Fernando’s 32 and starts Saturday’s final 18 with 400.

A victory for Canlubang will make it the first team ever to score a double four-peat in the men’s regular event that began in 1948 and the seniors that had its beginnings in 1987.

But just like last week, the Canlubang and The Country Club bets had to share the third round spotlight with Team LA stalwart David Capistrano when he buck 10,000 to one odds to shoot a hole-in-one.

Capistrano, originally from Mandaluyong City who now calls Los Angeles home as a registered nurse, used a Callaway seven iron and a Nike ball to ace Apo’s tough par three 170-yard 11thhole.

It was the sixth ace for Capistrano, who started playing for the Team LA Golf Club after looking for greener pastures in California 10 years. Witnessing the ace were his foursome of Palos Verdes’ Milton Liu, Emir Abutazir of Alta Vista and Orchard’s Raymond Co.

It was the second ace in this year’s tournament. Rene Silos of Negros made the first on Apo’s fourth hole during the Seniors championship last week. He won a motorcycle from Honda Megamotors Corp. and a business ticket to the US from PAL.

Honda Cars Davao had staked a car on No. 11 during the Seniors event. But since no car was at stake in the Men’s regular event, Capistrano settled for a PAL business class ticket to the US.

Mactan Island Golf played Rancho Palos Verdes with 108 at Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country to virtually capture the Sportswriters Division pennant.

Together with its opening round 103 then 113, the parbusters from Cebu goes into the final round with 324 and 30 points ahead of closest rival Apo which shot 93 for 294, followed by Camp John Hay 90-288, Sherwood Hills 96-282 and Camp Evangelista 87-276.

Jomar Nunez paced Mactan with 30 points. Fernando Mondares backed him up with 27, Hubert Calan contributed 26 and Roy Dadula added 25.

Eagle Ridge came up with 99 also at Palos Verdes to go with its first-round 92 for 191 and a five-point lead over closest rival Philipine Navy in their own battle for the Friendship Division pennant.

Scorers for Eagle Ridge were Cho Han-pyo with 30, Ryoo Sikun 26, Jose Nepomuceno 24 and Marlon Villanueva 19. Those who scored for Navy were Roy Miralles 27, Nelson Roa 23, Emil Alviar 22 and Felix Tienzo 18.

The division was reduced to three rounds after tournament director Buddy Resurreccion cancelled the second round when strong rains flooded some of the fairways at Rancho Palos Verdes.

Tournament format allows teams to have 10 players, but they can only field five each round with the best fours counting. The PAL scoring system is used that awards one point for bogey, two par, three birdie, four eagle and so on.

This year’s championship has ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, GE Aviation, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports as platinum sponsors.

Action Asia, Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 are the major backers while PAGCOR, Rajah Broadcasting Network, Century Park Hotel, are the other supporters. Honda Cars Davao and Honda Megamotors are the holes-in-one sponsors.

Day 3 scores:

Eagle Ridge 99 – Cho Han-pyo 30, Ryou Si-kun 26, Jose Nepomuceno 24, Marlon Villanueva 19

Phil. Navy 90 – Roy Miralles 27, Nelson Roa 23, Emil Alviar 22, Felix Tienzo 18

Friendship Division – Eagle Ridge 191 (92-99), Philippine Navy 186 (96-80), South Cotabato 177 (81-96), Club Filipino 173 (79-94), Iloilo 167 (72-95), UP Tee Jots 158 (75-83), Victorias 156 (67-89), Filam Hawaii 155 (92-63), Lanang 155 (72-83), Maharlika 141 (76-65), Bay Area 139 (78-61), Riyadh 137 (71-66), Crystal Springs 133 (56-77), Par Breakers 129 (59-70), San Juanico 126 (68-58), Austral Asian Melbourne 125 (72-53), Skywest 124 (70-54), Bacolod Golf 113 (64-49).

Davao slows down, Canlubang grabs lead in 62nd PAL Interclub

Davao City Golf Club slowed down in the second round by scoring only 104 points while its rivals padded its lead in the Founder’s Division of the 62nd Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub Golf Tournament, Thursday, at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club course.

The Matina-based bets shot below 30 points while leader Cebu Country Club and second placer Tagaytay Highlands Club did not.

Toning Callao, William “Willie” de Leon, Napoleon “Boy” Manajero sort of sung like a trio with 25 points, apiece and only Peter Bollant had a better score with a 29.

The efforts resulted to third place with 215 points from a strong second on Wednesday. The Cebuanos totalled 247 points (112-135) points while Tagaytay carded 232 points (101-131) and played like they are very familiar at the course in Brgy.Mandug.

The Rancho Palos Verdes and Golf Club bets, ironically, played worst at their own course with only 89 points for a 185 total or 13th place out of the 14 teams entered in the division.

Hyo Sung Lee and Robert “Bobby” Wee submitted 24 points, each 21 from Andrew Bautista and 20 points from North Cotabato vice governor Emmanuel “Manny” Pinol. Jaime “Boy” Tan’s 18 points did not count.

Canlubang Golf and Country Club regained its composure to grab the lead by two points from first round leader The Country Club with a two-day total of 265 points in the Championship Division at the Apo Golf and Country Club.

Canlubang banked on the experience of former Davao resident Jonel Ababa who finished with 36 points along with Tomas “Tommy” Manotoc. Mario Labajo, who used to carry bags at the Davao City Golf Club in Matina, helped with 28 points, Paul Echavez’s 26 did not count.

The Country Club, which took the first day lead, had a hard time at the tough Apo course to tally 125 points for a two-day total of 263 points. Ferdinand Aunzo registered 32 points, 31 points each from Art Markhael Arbole, Rufino “Baybay” Bayron and Peter Villaber. Juan Raul “Sonnyboy” Tanpinco’s 30 did not count.

Del Monte Golf Club of Bukidnon moved up to third place with 239 points (118-121).

This year’s platinum sponsors are ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network, Solar Sports and GE Aviation.

The major backers are Action Asia, Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3, with Pagcor, Rajah Broadcasting Network, Century Park Hotel and Honda Cars Davao as the minor sponsors.

The Country Club celebrates PAL Interclub debut by leading Cangolf by five

DAVAO CITY – The Country Club celebrated its Philippine Airlines Interclub debut by shooting an ego-inflating 138 points, Feb.25,  to take the early lead at the rainy start of the 62nd Men’s Regular championship at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club.

Anthony Fernando starred for The Country Club when he tamed Palos Verdes with a sizzling four under par 68 or 40 points. Tonlits Asistio and Jobim Carlos supported Fernando with 33 apiece and Dante Beciera contributed 32 for a five-point lead in the premier division.

The Canlubang Golf and Country Club, which is seeking its fourth straight team title, combined for 133 to find itself in an unfamiliar position of second place in the tournament considered as the national team championship.

Alvin Engino starred for the sweet swingers from Laguna with 37 points, followed by Mark Fernando 34 and the 31s of Joseph Labajo and Jessie Balasabas.

Veteran campaigners Montito Garcia scored 32 points and Eric Dean backed him up with 30 to power Cebu Country Club to the early Founders division lead. Together with the 25s of Joseph Stevens and Jovi Neri, the parbusters from Cebu made 112 for an 11-point spread in the race for division team honors.

Wack Wack banked on Elphege Wong’s 32, the 27 of E.J. Marcelo, Mike Ozaeta’s 22 and the 20 of Oliver Gan for 101 to become Cebu’s closest pursuer in the race for division team honors.

Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club shot 99 to place third, followed by Valley Golf and Country Club and Alta Vista Golf and Country Club with 96 apiece, Eagle Ridge 92 Golf and Country Club 92 and Forest Hills 90.

Over at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club, Camp John Hay Golf Club carded 107 to take the early Sportswriters Division lead on Jeff Razon’s 29, Jack Perez’s 28 and the 25s Ramon Garcia and Choi Hwan Young to steer Camp John Hay to the early Sportswriters Division lead.

Sherwood Hills, Camp John Hay’s sister team from Trece Martirez, Cavite, banked on Thirdy Escano’s 29, the 27 of Oh Seong Hyeok, Rodolfo Manuel’s 26 and Jimmy Borromeo’s 24 also at Palos Verdes to trail by just one point in the battle for  division team honors.

Mactan Island Golf came up with 103 on Fernando Mondares’s 31, the 29s of Hubert Calan and Jomar Nunez and Roy Daddula’s 14 to take third in the division made up of 19 international teams from six countries.

Philippine Navy toured the Apo Golf and Country Club course with 96 points on Jun Bandola’s 30, Ayie Beech’s 26 and the 20s of Bobby Inigo and Nelson Roa and to take the first round lead in the Friendship Division.

Fil-Am Hawaii and Eagle Ridge made 92 each to share second in this year’s championship that began under leaden skies at day break then into mid-afternoon rains that slowed down play with muddy fairways on both courses.

This year’s tournament has ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports as platinum sponsor.

Action Asia, Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 are the major backers while PAGCOR, Rajah Broadcasting Network, Century Park Hotel are the other supporters.

Honda Cars Davao and Honda Megamotors Corp. are the holes-in-one sponsors.

Tournament format allows all the 76 teams competing in the Championship, Founders, Sportswriters and Friendship divisions to have 10 players each. The teams can only field five each round with the best four scores to be counted.

The PAL scoring system is used in the championship ending Saturday that awards one point for bogey, two par, three birdie, four eagle, five for double eagle and six for a hole-in-one.

Camp Evangelista combined for 100 to place fourth, followed by Sarangani Golf 96, Apo Golf and Country Club 95, Zamboanga and Stanford 94 each, Lumbia Golf 93, Iligan 90, Pueblo de Oro 87, Paoay 83, Guinhalaran 80, Northgate 68, Piitsburgh 66, FGA Riyadh 62, Mountain Shadows 51, Ezpar 39 and Fil-Am Florida 27.

Apo, Lanang off to a bad start in 62nd PAL Interclub

Apo Golf and Country Club’s arsenal could only fire 95 points in the first round, 12 points away from the leader Camp John Hay Golf Club in the Sportswriter’s Division of the 62nd Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub Golf Tournament, Wednesday, at the rain-drenched Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club course.

Alfonso “Tebor” Marcelino and Peter Edwin Pineda carded 26 points, each while Modesto “Ting” Castillo submitted a modest 23 points while Jessie “Jing” Tan finished with only 20. Jaime “Jong” Tan Jr.’s 20 did not count.

Martin Luke Misa, Apo Golf and Country Club general manager, hopes that they can come up with a better performance on Thursday’s second round.

“Sana maka bawi sila,” he said.

Far-flung Sarangani Golf Club did even better against Apo with a 96 as Brix “Leck-Leck” Tan tallied 25 points, 24 each from Michael Enriquez and Jordan Hembrador and 23 from Celso “Rene” Navales III. Jose “Jino” Ruiz IV’s 22 did not count.

Deo Cura came up with only 20 points to lead the Lanang Golf and Country Club in the Friendship Division at the Apo Golf and Country Club. But his teammates submitted only 19 points from Bobby Plana, 17 from Danny Nagayo, 16 from Peter Cabreros for a 72-point total and only 11th place. Philippine Navy scored 96 points for the top spot, followed by Fil-Am Hawaai with 92 at second place.

This year’s platinum sponsors are ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports. The major backers are Action Asia, Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3, with Pagcor, Rajah Broadcasting Network, Century Park Hotel and Honda Cars Davao as the minor sponsors.

Round One results:

Sportswriters Division – Camp John Hay 107, Sherwood Hills 106, Mactan 103, Camp Evangelista 100, Saranggani 96, Apo Golf 95, Stanford 94, Zamboanga 94, Lumbia 93, Iligan 90, Pueblo de Oro 87, Paoay 83, Guinhalaran 80, North Gate 68, Pittsburg 66, FGA Riyadh 62, Mt. Shadows 51, EZ Par 39, Filam Florida 27.

Friendship Division – Philippine Navy 96, Filam Hawaii 92, Eagle Ridge 92, South Cotabato 81, Club Filipino 79, Bay Area 78, Maharlika 76, UP Tee Jots 75, Austral-Asian Melbourne 72, Iloilo 72, Lanang 72, Riyadh 71, Skywest 70, San Juanico 68, Victorias 67, Filam Fairfield 64, Bacolod Golf 64, Par Breakers 59, Seattle 58, Crystal Spring 56.

Asian Daily, PDI bets top PAL media tourney

Rey Fortaleza of the Asian Daily based in Vancouver and Ernie Gonzales of the Inquirer shared the top honors in the media division tournament of the 62nd PAL Interclub, Tuesday, in Davao City.

Fortaleza shot a net 153 to clinch the international division while Gonzales ruled the local media class with a 150.

Musong Castillo of the Inquirer followed at second place while Lito Tacujan of the Star settled at third.

Jonathan Gesmundo of PAL awarded the Iking Santos Cup to the champion of the two-day tournament.

Gesmundo of PAL’s corporate communications thanked the sports scribes for their continued support to the Interclub which will have its men’s regular tournament on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Nimrod Quinones of Freeman Cebu won a ticket to Hong Kong during the raffles for the media at the Pirata Bar of the Waterfront Insular Hotel. PAL president Jaime Bautista awarded the prize to the editor.