Del Monte Golf Club grabbed a one-point leadover defending champion Canlubang halfway through the 64th PhilippineAirlines Interclub golf championships Thursday in Cagayan de Oro City.
Banny Abaño, a 22-year-old son of a former caddie, broke par for thesecond straight day to lead Del Monte with 37 points on the strengthof four birdies against three bogeys.
Leonard Lofranco matched par for 36 points, Vince Lusterio contributed35 while Noel Langamin added 33 as Del Monte matched Canlubang’s 141points at Pueblo de Oro Golf and Country Club.
Del Monte could have returned with a three-point lead if not for thetwo-stroke penalty slapped against Langamin for fixing a ball markoutside the green on the 11th hole.
“We showed today that we can play well at Pueblo,” said Del Montecaptain Yoyong Velez who did not count with 27 points. “We have a verygood chance of winning this tournament.”
The Sugar Barons drew a pair of 37 points from Jobim Carlos and JoeyHuerva, 35 from Paul Echavez and 32 from Migo Ochoa to keep theirhopes alive for a sixth straight championship.Carlos had an eagle, three birdies against four bogeys while Huervaalso had an eagle, four birdies against five bogeys.
Cebu Country Club, the surprise first day leader, struggled with 133points with burly Bayani Garcia the only player to match par for 36points.
Jovi Neri shot 33 points while Marko Sarmiento and Eric Deen each had32 points for CCC which now trails Del Monte by five points.
Del Monte has yet to field national champion Clyde Mondilla who isenjoying good form following his runner-up finish in theWWWExpress-DHL Amateurs championship.
“We have players who can match Clyde,” said Canlubang non-playingskipper Luigi Tabuena. “it’s just a matter of who gets hot. I think itwill go down to the final day.”
The third round will be played at Del Monte Friday with the last 18holes set at Pueblo Saturday.Camp Evangelista kept the lead in the Sportswriters division afterscoring 101 points at Pueblo de Oro for a two-day total of 213.
Jun Maghamil led Evangelista with 29 points and was supported by EdgarGulle (26), Luis Jainga (25) and Danny Jamin (21).Red Hawk, a team based in Southern California, leaned on BenjieSumulong’s 32 points to take second spot at 202.Other scorers werePom Cornello (28), Don Breganza (26) and Louie Jesena (24).
Tied for third place were Sherwood Hills and Zamboanga with 200 points apiece.Sherwood was led by Minieng Maravilla’s 28 while Zamboanga rode onJoseph Dy’s 28.
Three teams are separated by a single point in the Friendship division.PGA BC, led by Gerardo Fragante (24) scored 82 points at Del Monte toboost its two-day total to 176 points, a point ahead of UP Tee Jots(72) and South Cotabato (81).
This year’s competition is backed by platinum sponsors Boeing, Airbus,Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror and Interactive BroadcastMedia (DWWW).Major sponsors are People Asia, 105.1 Crossover, GE Aviation, AsiaBrewery and Traversing the Orient.Also lending support are corporate sponsors Manila Bulletin and BomboRadyo Philippines, while minor sponsors are Lufthansa TechnikPhilippines, MasterCard and Century Park Hotel. Prize donors includePanasonic Avionics and Tanduay.
More detailed information on the tournament is available on thededicated PAL Interclub webpage at http://www.palinterclub.com. (pr)