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
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)