ICTSI-Canlubang completes five-year sweep against ICTSI-The Country Club in 63rd PAL golfest

Bacolod—ICTSI-Canlubang used a final day scoring binge by putting up a whopping 141 points to complete a five-year sweep against a tough ICTSI-The Country Club team in the championship division of the 63rd Philippine Airlines (PAL) men’s golf tournament, Saturday, at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club.
The Sugar Barons of Canlubang wound up with a 72-hole aggregate of 544, 22 points off from rival TCC in one of the lopsided victory margins in recent years in the rich history of the PAL Interclub, which has been long regarded as the as the national golf team championship.
The triumph also hiked Canlubang’s title haul to 17, the most by any club.  In additions, it has recorded 11 wins in the last 16 events.  Bacolod followed with 10 and Luisita nine in the roll of champions.
Canlubang actually made it a pressure-free final round as it grabbed an 11-point spread in the penultimate day.  On Saturday, Mhark Fernando attacked the greens with precision on his way to a five-under-par 65, good for 41 Pal points.
Junior golfer Jobim Carlos, who last played for TCC in 2009, supported Fernando with 35 while Albin Engino and Paul Echavez added 34 and 31, respectively.
“You guys may call it dynasty but for us, it just business as usual as long as we can be champs,” said Canlubang captain Luigi Yulo.
It was another runner-up finish for TCC, which ended at 522 after a 124 yesterday with local bet JR Tanpinco carding 35 points, Antonio Asistio II making 34, and Peter Villaber and Rufino Bayron adding 31 and 30 points, respectively.
TCC held a slim two-point advantage but gave up 13 markers in the third round to trail by 11.  At that point, TCC skipper Freddie Mendoza knew it was already a mountain too hard to climb up.
“We lost the chance in the third and that was the key for Canlubang,” Mendoza explained.
Alabang came through with 104 and finished a far third with a 416 followed by Mt. Malarayat (99-365) and Sherwood Hills (77-356).
Over at the Bacolod Golf and Country Club in Murcia, former champion Del Monte assembled 128 points to overtake erstwhile leader Manila Southwoods for the crown in the Founders Division.
Korean Sub Jun-park (36) and Noel Langamin (34) led the way for Del Monte, which bagged its only title in the championship division in 204.  They were backed up by Leonardo Lofranco (31) and Ondoy Mondilla (27) for the team’s output of 473.
Southwoods was paced by Miko Yee’s 37, Jun Jun Plana’s 30, Thirdy Escaño’s 29 and Shean Bedi’s 21 for 117 and 469 total.  Cebu Country Club (126-466) was second runner-up.
The 63rd PAL Interclub was presented by platinum sponsors Airbus, Boeing, 105.1 Crossover and Radio Mindanao Network.  Major sponsors were Action Asia, GE Aviation, MTV Philippines, People Asia and Royal Caribbean.
The corporate backers were Business Mirror, Philippine Graphic, http://www.philstar.com, Sabre Airline Solutions/Sabre Travel Network and Resort World Manila.  Century Park Hotel, DWWW 774 AM, Panay News, Master Card and Thales Aerospace were minor patrons.
PAL Interclub Men’s Scores
(Day 4)
Championship—Canlubang 544 (137-129-137-141), TCC 522 (134-134-124-130), Alabang 416  (107-110-95-104), Mt. Malarayat 365 (85-76-105-99), Sherwood Hills 356 (75-98-106-77), Victorias 308 (65-83-66-94), EZ Par 297 (93-58-86-60), Green Tee 284 (77-77-72-58), Pittsburg 254 (55-60-70-69), South Cotabato 245 (61-60-67-57), Mabuhay Golf 222 (52-64-51-55), Moffet Fields 216 (73-68-31-44), San Diego 129 (52-24-53-0) ***
Founders— Del Monte 473 (117-120-108-128), Manila Southwoods 469 (108-134-110-117), Cebu CC 466 (117-116-107-126), Negros GCC 461 (109-127-112-113), Sta. Elena 458 (119-109-100-130), Mactan Island 437 (103-113-102-119), Forest Hills 424 (93-101-102-128), Riviera 422 (101-105-93-123), Villamor 415 (92-104-104-115), Wack Wack 410 (114-88-100-108), Orchard 408 (97-100-95-116), Alta Vista 394 (87-95-100-112) ***(pr)

Canlubang takes lead in 63rd PAL Interclub

Bacolod—Canlubang took the lead and the spotlight at the 63rd Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub on Friday, one day after The Country Club grabbed the second lead in the premiere championship division at the Bacolod Golf and Country Club.

Jessie Balasabas and rookie Ruperto Zaragosa III churned out 35 points apiece, Art Arbole backed up with a 34 and Jhonel Ababa supported with a 33 to add up to defending champion Canlubang’s 137 for the day and 403 total in 54 holes.

“We’re up but The Country Club has a lot of firepower left,” said Canlubang captain Luigi Yulo, whose wards are seeking a fifth straight title.

Albin Engino, Mhark Fernando, Jobim Carlos, Abe Rosal and Paul Echavez are in the line-up of Canlubang in the last 18 will be played today at the par-70 Marapara layout of the Negros Golf and Country Club.

The Country Club, the challenger who went up by two Thursday, was led by the 37 of Zanie Boy Gialon, 34 of Fil-Am Carl Santos Ocampo, 28 of hometown bet Edwin Madrileño and 25 of Dante Becierra for the team’s 124 output and 392 overall.

“It was a good thing Carl (Ocampo) delivered again.  If not, we would have been down bigger than this,” said TCC captain Freddie Mendoza.

Although The Country Club faces a big 11-point deficit, it can still battle back in the final 18 the same way Luisita crawled back from 12 points down to win by one over Manila Southwoods back in 1998.

And judging with the roster which includes Tonlits Asistio, Rufino Bayron, Peter Villaber, JR Tanpinco and Dino Villanueva, at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club, TCC’s opportunity of catching is highly probable.

“I’m pinning my hopes on these guys.  They are a very strong bunch and I believe they can provide the scoring we need on the last day.  We are still very much in the tournament,” Mendoza also said.

The 63rd PAL Interclub is presented by platinum sponsors Airbus, Boeing, 105.1 Crossover and Radio Mindanao Network.  Major sponsors are Action Asia, GE Aviation, MTV Philippines, People Asia and Royal Caribbean.

The corporate backers are Business Mirror, Philippine Graphic, http://www.philstar.com, Sabre Airline Solutions/Sabre Travel Network and Resort World Manila.  Century Park Hotel, DWWW 774 AM, Panay News, Master Card and Thales Aerospace are minor patrons.(pr)

Asistio tows TCC into 2nd round lead in 63rd PAL golf

Bacolod —Antonio Asistio II made sure he’ll leave a lasting mark in his amateur-career before he turns pro next month as he towed The Country Club into the second round lead in the 63rd Philippine Airlines (PAL) men’s golf tournament, Thursday, at the Bacolod Golf and Country Club in Murcia .

Asistio, a member of the national pool for the last two years, showed the way with a sizzling-hot 38 points in the modified Stableford points, a two-under-par in stroke play.  More important, he carried TCC to the overall leadership against rival and defending champion Canlubang.

Along with the 35, including a tap-in birdie on the ninth, from Fil-Am Carl Ocampo of Notre Dame in  Indiana , the 31 of former Hong Kong Amateur champ Dante Becierra and 30 of Zanie Boy Gialon, TCC moved ahead with another 134 for 268, two over Canlubang.

“I had so many lucky shots today,” said Asistio, who actually had a solid round as he went five-under in the last eight holes.

It was not a good round for Asistio at the onset when he bogeyed Nos. 11, 14 and 15 that sandwiched a lone bogey on the 13th hole to begin the day.  At the front nine, he bucked a bogey start with a sparkling eagle on 304-yard No. 2 after he placed his tee shot 15 feet from the cup.

None was happier than TCC coach Bong Lopez, whose wards are trying to become champions in their sophomore year in the PAL Interclub.

“I am very happy with the turnout at the Bacolod Golf’s Binitin course.  Our goal Thursday was too cut down or match Canlubang’s two-day total.  It was definitely a bonus for us to open a two-point advantage,” said Lopez.

For the third round, Lopez and team captain Freddie Mendoza are keeping quiet on who to field in also at Binitin.  The final round of the championship division will return to the Marapara layout of the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club Saturday.

Lopez and Mendoza and hoping that their boys will hang on until the last round and erase the stigma of last year’s campaign debut in Davao, where they led in the first round only to lose out in the end.

Jhonel Ababa, who won the DHL-WWWExpress Amateur Open in Canlubang last month, submitted a 35, Joey Huerva contributed a 33, Art Arbole had a 31 and Jessie Balasabas added a 30 for Calubang’s 129 for 266 in 36 holes.

Rupert Zaragosa, the 12-year-old wonder kid of pro Boyet, succumbed to pressure on his first PAL Interclub and finished with an 11-over-par, good for 25 markers which was cut out from the five-to-play, four-to-count format.

“It is still anybody’s game.  Carl (Ocampo) was the surprise package for TCC.  I thought coach Bong (Lopez) will play him in the third and fourth rounds.  As it turned out, the Fil-Am delivered,” said Canlubang coach Tommy Manotoc.

Over at the Marapara layout of the Negros Occidental Golf Club, Manila Southwoods, meanwhile, zoomed to the top in the Founders division by pooling in 134 points for 242.  Del Monte, which was dropped from the championship division, was second with (120-237) followed by local team Negros Golf (127-236).

The 63rd PAL Interclub is presented by platinum sponsors Airbus, Boeing, 105.1 Crossover and Radio Mindanao Network.  Major sponsors are Action Asia, GE Aviation, MTV Philippines, People Asia and Royal Caribbean.

The corporate backers are Business Mirror, Philippine Graphic, http://www.philstar.com, Sabre Airline Solutions/Sabre Travel Network and Resort World Manila.  Century Park Hotel, DWWW 774 AM, Panay News, Master Card and Thales Aerospace are minor patrons.

PAL Interclub Men’s Scores

(Day 2)

Championship—TCC 268 (134-134), Canlubang 266 (137-129), Alabang 217 (107-110), Sherwood Hills 173 (75-98), Mt. Malarayat 161 (85-76), Green Tee 154 (77-77), Victorias 148 (65-83), Moffet Fields 141 (73-68), South Cotabato 121 (61-60), Mabuhay Golf 116 (52-64), EZ Par 116 (93-58), Brookside 95 (46-49), San Diego 76 (52-24), Pinoy Vancouver 43

Founders—Manila Southwoods 242 (108-134), Del Mote 237 (117-120), Negros GCC 236 (109-127), Cebu CC 233 (117-116), Sta. Elena 228 (119-109), Mactan Island 216 (103-113), Riviera 206 (101-105), Forest Hills 204 (93-111), Wack Wack 203 (114-89), Orchard 197 (97-100), Villamor 196 (92-104), Alta Vista 182 (87-95)

Canlubang seizes three-point lead off TCC in PAL Interclub

Bacolod—Canlubang fired 137 points to move ahead by three over rival The Country Club in the championship division after the opening round of the 63rd Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub regular men’s tournament, Wednesday, at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club.

Albin Engino, the hometown hero in Canlubang’s line-up, came away with an impressive 37 points, an equivalent to a one-under-par 69 at Negros Occidental’s par-70 Marapara course which stretches only close to a 6,200 yards.

Canlubang, which is seeking its fifth straight title and 17th overall, also got 36 from Mhark Fernando and a pair of 32s from Paul Echavez and junior golfer Jobim Carlos for that 137.  Abe Rosal’s 29 was eliminated from the team’s day output.

Engino was the biggest contributor for Canlubang.  He was three-under in nine holes only to falter with a two-over after the turn.  Still, he led the defending champ with the day’s best marker.

“Albin and Mhark dished out strong performances.  We gained five points from them because the top guns of TCC were off-form today,” Manotoc said.

The Country Club was paced by the 35 points of Juan Raul Tanpinco, the Bacolod native who used a variety of skill shots to counter the various conditions of Marapara including the wind and hard-to-read greens.

Tanpinco made a 24-foot birdie putt on No. 17 but gave up two points with birdies on No. 2, where he three-putted, and No. 8 where he missed the green in regulation.

Rufino Bayron and Peter Villaber, former members of the national team pool, churned out 34 each although both scores were lower than what coach Bong Lopez would have wanted.  Rookie Alexes Nallos managed a 31 to add to TCC’s 133.

Bayron came up with four birdies but he gave up too many holes at Marapara with five bogeys while Villaber had two bogeys from afar at Nos. 1 and 18 to offset his bogeys on the second and sixth and an pick-up on the 11th.

“Right, I’m okay because we are just down by three.  Anything less than seven is still a manageable deficit.  JR (Tanpinco) somewhat softened the impact of Bayron’s and Villaber’s opening scores,” said Lopez.

In the Friendship division, Fil-Am Hawaii shot 103 points to open up a six-point advantage against Bay Area and seven ahead from Davao.

The competition in the premiere division moves today at the Bacolod Golf and Country Club’s Binitin course, another tough par-70 host venue of the 63rd PAL Interclub presented by platinum sponsors Airbus, Boeing, 105.1 Crossover and Radio Mindanao Network.

Major sponsors are Action Asia, GE Aviation, MTV Philippines, People Asia and Royal Caribbean.  The corporate backers are Business Mirror, Philippine Graphic, http://www.philstar.com, Sabre Airline Solutions/Sabre Travel Network and Resort World Manila.  Century Park Hotel, DWWW 774 AM, Panay News, Master Card and Thales Aerospace are minor patrons.

PAL Interclub Men’s Scores

(Day 1)

Championship—Canlubang 137, TCC 134, Alabang 107, EZ Par 93, Mt. Malarayat 85, Green Tee 77, Sherwood Hills 75, Moffet Fields 73, Victorias 65, Camp Evangelista 63, South Cotabato 61, San Diego 52, Mabuhay Golf 52, Brookside 46, Pinoy Vancouver 43

Friendship—Fil-am Hawaii 103, Bay Area 97, Davao 92, Bacolod GCC 90, FGA1 Riyahd 87, San Juanico 83, Mt. Malindang 83, UP Tee Jots 77, Lumbia 75, Lanang 75, Brotherhood 67, Fil-am Florida 67, Maharlika 66, Pittsburg 65, Skywest 61, Cotabato 60, Austral-Asian 54, Mabuhay SFO 50, SFO Crystal Springs 50, Samahan 34.(pr)

The Country Club tries to dethrone Canlubang in 63rd PAL Interclub

Bacolod—Two rivals loaded with new talents will be put to a grueling test on Wednesday as The Country Club (TCC) tries to dethrone Canlubang in the championship division of the 63rd Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club.

TCC, the runner-up last year, will again be relying on the services of             Tonlits Asistio, Rufino Bayron, Dante Becierra, and Peter Villaber-all former national team pool members—plus Zanie Boy Gialon and local bet Juan Raul Tanpinco.

The new additions are Fil-Am Carl Santos-Ocampo, Dino Villanueva, Edwin Madrileño, and Alexes Nallos.  These amateurs are in the development program of the TCC team headed by national team coach Bong Lopez, according to captain Freddie Mendoza.

Clearly on paper, TCC, with the young guns in tow, is the underdog, Mendoza said.  But he has faith in his wards that they’ll be able to perform at a high-level and match up well with Canlubang.

“Our practices have yielded good results in the past few days.  The players have had the chance to play both the Bacolod Golf and Country Club’s Binitin and NOGCC’s Marapara layout.  Hopefully, we can bring these positives in the next four days,” Mendoza also said.

Canlubang coach Tommy Manotoc, believes that there is no pre-tournament favorite.  He thinks that his squad and TCC are almost as even in all aspects.  It is only a matter of getting the right mix of players in each playing day.

The defending champion will have Abe Rosal, Joey Huerva, Art Arbole, Jobim Carlos and Rupert Zaragosa III in support to last year’s holdovers Mhark Fernando, Jhonel Ababa, Jessie Balasabas, Albin Engino, and Paul Echavez.

Huerva, Arbole and Carlos suited up for TCC in the PAL Interclub’s Davao leg in 2009.

“The competition is very even.  The good scorers of Canlubang and TCC will surely cancel out.  The outputs of the third and fourth man will be crucial down the stretch,” Manotoc said.

The event is presented by platinum sponsors Airbus, Boeing, 105.1 Crossover and Radio Mindanao Network.  Major sponsors are Action Asia, GE Aviation, MTV Philippines, People Asia and Royal Caribbean.

The corporate backers are Business Mirror, Philippine Graphic, http://www.philstar.com, Sabre Airline Solutions/Sabre Travel Network and Resort World Manila.  Century Park Hotel, DWWW 774 AM, Panay News, Master Card and Thales Aerospace are minor patrons.

The 63rd PAL Interclub, with this year’s theme “Swing High in Bacolod”, opens this year’s sporting season for the national flag carrier which flies five times a day to the capital of Negros Occidental, just one of the country’s many golfing venues regularly served by PAL.

Apo soars high in 63rd PAL Interclub, bags Sportswriter’s Division title

The Apo Golf and Country Club soared high like the Philippine Eagle by capturing the Sportswriter’s Division crown of the 63rd Philippine Airlines Interclub Golf Tournament, Sunday, in Bacolod City.
Soc Cadayona, Tony Gumapac,  Usamo Ikeda, Jun Serado, Ting Castillo, Amado Atillano, Chito Nucum and Monching Tan made the Dabawenyos very proud when they totalled 500 points. Fil-Am Hawaii came in second with 468 points and Villamor Club took the third spot with 465 points.
Landing at sixth place is the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club of Davao City which tallied 464 total points.
PAL Interclub Seniors
Complete Scores: Day 4 (Final)
Championship—Luisita 550 (129-146-133-142), Canlubang 546 (129-140-137-140), Forest Hills 425 (104-108-102-111), Fil-Oz Sydney 357 (86-94-87-90), South Bay 352 (Golf 88-98-95-71), Mercedes 343 (85-82-95-81), Taotaomuna 295 (70-80-74-71), Mabuhay Las Vegas 291 (93-66-70-62), Pittsburg 279 (68-63-75-73), Luzviminda 275 (93-81-47-54), Moffet 198 (77-57-64-DQ)
Founders—Orchard 525 (136-125-127-137), Eagle Ridge 520 (132-131-123-134), Wack Wack 511 (122-135-120-134), Alabang 511 (130-125-128-128), Camp John Hay 508 (126-123-134-125), Valley 505 (126-139-115-125), Manila Golf 499 (127-130-121-121), Mactan 499 (124-127-122-126), Negros 491 (124-115-129-123), Cebu Country Club 490 (121-113-118-137),Team LA 486 (121-119-120-126), Del Monte 481 (128-114-116-123), Chamorro 467 (108-116-114-129), Camp Aguinaldo 435 (108-96-113-118), Ang Tay 381 (93-93-93-102), Guam Seals 363 (95-80-93-95)
Sportswriters—Apo 500 (118-128-121-133), Fil-Am Hawaii 468 (112-102-135-119), Villamor 465 (120-116-121-108), Bacolod 465 (110-120-131-104), Philippine Navy 464 (123-107-115-119), Palos Verdes 464 (116-115-119-114), Alta Vista 461 (116-113-121-111), Manila Southwoods 454 (100-116-118-120), Riviera 453 (116-118-110-109), Iligan 443 (114-99-114-116), Maharlika 436 (111-109-111-105), Veterans 435 (107-118-110-100), Evangelista 428 (99-110-108-111), Pueblo de Oro 427 (104-112-96-115), PGA British Columbia 422 (99-103-98-122), Texas 421 (97-100-122-102), Vancouver ABC 400 (87-102-113-118), Lanang 411 (109-100-100-102), Iloilo 410 (106-93-104-107), Intramuros 408 (90-105-101-112), Mabuhay SFO 402 (95-93-113-101), Sienna Plantation 401 (102-97-103-99), Davao City 392 (86-114-95-97), , UP Tee Jots 387 (98-100-82-107), Bay Area 386 (74-116-100-96) Zamboanga 384 (93-96-106-89), Fort Bonifacio 377 (79-103-84-111), Baguio 377 (87-96-110-84), Florida 363 (77-75-97-114), Lumbia 352 (71-83-100-98), Brookside 341 (94-76-92-79), Fil-Am SFO 335 (107-100-64-64), SFO Peninsula 330 (68-81-73-108), Leyte 285 (73-72-65-75), Bennet Valley 270 (70-79-48-73), Par Breakers YVR 266 (58-74-59-75), Fil-Am New Jersey 253 (51-67-61-74), San Juanico 350 (89-67-95-99), Skywest 207 (70-46-46-45) San Diego 243 (83-94-66-DQ),
Friendship— Travellers SFO 369 (90-86-97-96), Filcansa 366 (96-81-93-96), Crystal Spring 365 (83-90-80-112), Saranggani 361 (89-87-96-89), SFO Alliance 349 (82-110-72-85), Viva Las Vegas 338 (79-83-85-91), South Cotabato 337 (87-76-92-82), Cotabato 336 (67-80-96-93), Pinoy Vancouver 333 (76-77-82-98), Guinhalaran 328 (81-85-84-78), Mt. Malindang 326 (90-74-80-82), Brotherhood Sharp 281 (75-49-80-77), Guam Seniors 281 (68-59-81-73)

Luisita ends five-year title drought in PAL Interclub

Bacolod—Luisita reigned supreme again, beating rival Canlubang, 550-546, in a classic duel at the close of the 63rd Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub seniors tournament at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club.
The long struggle finally ended for Luisita, which had finished runner-up to 16-time winner Canlubang in the last four editions of the PAL Interclub.  With its latest win, the newly-crowned champ earned its 14th title overall.
Francis Gaston, the 60-year-old local bet, proved steadier by carding an inspiring even-par 70 equivalent to 54 PAL Stableford points at the Marapara course while veteran Richie Garcia contributed 46 for Luisita.
Bong Sison rounded out Luisita’s 142 output in the finale as rallied at the back nine to end with 42 markers.  Minieng Maravilla’s 37 did not count.
Canlubang, whose four-win-streak came to a halt, was led by Tommy Manotoc’s 50 points, followed by Bing Bunye’s 46 and Mari Hechanova’s 44 for 140 yesterday.  Rolly Viray bombed out with a 41.
“Canlubang is a tough team to beat especially with Tommy (Manotoc) around.  That’s why I had to play my best in the final nine,” said Gaston, who had two birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 12 and bogeys on Nos. 11, 14 and 15 for that level par.
Just four ahead before the final round, Luisita lost the lead after nine holes as Bong Sison and Minieng Maravilla struggled in the early holes which allowed the dethroned defending champion Canlubang to catch up.
In fact, Canlubang’s senior Sugar Barons had regained the lead after 13 holes.  It could not sustain, however, the drive for crown No. 17.  Still, there’s nothing to be ashamed with their performances.  It battled back in third round and for most past Sunday.
“They played a little better than us, although, the players all have had difficulties playing the Marapara,” said Canlubang manager Luigi Yulo.
The 63rd PAL Interclub, with this year’s theme “Swing High in Bacolod”, opens this year’s sporting season for the national flag carrier which flies five times a day to the capital of Negros Occidental, just one of the country’s many golfing venues regularly served by PAL.
The event is presented by platinum sponsors Airbus, Boeing, 105.1 Crossover and Radio Mindanao Network.  Major sponsors are Action Asia, GE Aviation, MTV Philippines, People Asia and Royal Caribbean.
The corporate backers are Business Mirror, Philippine Graphic, http://www.philstar.com, Sabre Airline Solutions/Sabre Travel Network and Resort World Manila.  Century Park Hotel, DWWW 774 AM, Panay News, Master Card and Thales Aerospace are minor patrons.(pr)
Luisita champs: (from left to right) Bong Sison, Francis Gaston, Pepot Inigo, Richie Garcia, Minieng Maravilla.(PAL pool photo)