Defending champion Canlubang goes for a sixth straight Philippine Airlines Men’s Interclub championship Wednesday as last year’s runner-up The Country Club withdraws from the championship division.
Rolly Viray, who is taking the spot reserved for Tommy Manotoc, is expected to spearhead the Sugar Barons’ bid. He’ll play with Dave Hernandez – his fellow member in the Canlubang winning senior team last week – Abe Rosal, Gabriel Manotoc and Mico Ochoa.
Returning for another tour of duty for Canlubang are world junior champion Ruperto Zaragosa, Art Arbole, Joey Huerva, Jobim Carlos and Paul Echavez.
With TCC’s absence, hometown bet Del Monte, Bukidnon and former champ Manila Southwoods loom as the threats to Canlubang’s drive for six.
Reigning national champion Clyde Mondilla leads a young Del Monte team captained by Yoyong Velez, the only remnant of its 2004 championship squad.
Aside from Mondilla and Velez, the other Del Monte holdovers are Mondilla, Velez, Bannie Abano, Noel Langamin and Leonard Lofranco.
Del Monte’s new faces – all in their twenties – are Lawrence Cubillo, Magno Arangcon, Mark Mondilla and Jovencio Lusterio.
Manila Southwoods, the winner in 2005, will parade in Vince Lauron, the former pro who returned to amateur status two years ago, and veterans Junjun Plana and Teody Pascual. The young guns are Fidel Concepcion, AR Ramos and Miguel Yee.
Aside from the championship division, competition also gets under way in the Founders, Sportswriters and Friendship divisions.
Sherwood Hills, the fourth placer in the championship division in 2010, is tipped to win the Sportswriters division. Raymund Bunquin (GM of Sherwood), Tony Villaruel, Rex Goquingco, Arnel Romero and Minieng Maravilla and five Japanese are in the line up.
This year’s competition is backed by platinum sponsors Boeing, Airbus, Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror and Interactive Broadcast Media (DWWW).
Major sponsors are People Asia, 105.1 Crossover, GE Aviation, Asia Brewery and Traversing the Orient.
Also lending support are corporate sponsors Manila Bulletin and Bombo Radyo Philippines, while minor sponsors are Lufthansa Technik Philippines, MasterCard and Century Park Hotel.
Prize donors include Panasonic Avionics and Tanduay. More detailed information on the tournament is available on the dedicated PAL Interclub webpage at www.palinterclub.com.(pr)