Del Monte Golf Club ended Canlubang’s five-year reign in the 64th Philippine Airlines Men’s Interclub golf team championships Saturday following a strong finish at the Pueblo de Oro Golf and Country Club in Cagayan de Oro City.
With Noel Langamin firing 37 points on the strength of five birdies against four bogeys, Del Monte outscored Cebu Country Club and Canlubang in the final round with 141 points for a four-day total of 535.
Unheralded Leonardo Lofranco and Vince Lusterio shot 36 and 35 points, respectively while reigning national champion Clyde Mondilla rounded out Del Monte’s scoring with 33.
The lopsided 18-point victory marked the second time Del Monte won the event, the first coming in 2004.
“The new team average enforced this year makes us a title contender,” said Del Monte playing captain Yoyong Velez who failed to count with 30 points. “We hope to return next year in Davao to defend our title.”
Cebu Country Club edged Canlubang for second place via tiebreak after both teams wound up with 535 points apiece.
The scores of both teams’ fifth player were taken to break the tie. CCC’s Marko Sarmiento shot 30 points as opposed to Canlubang’s Rolly Viray who had 28 points.
CCC was led by Carl Almario’s 37 points followed by Bayani Garcia’s 34 and a pair of 32s by Jovi Neri and Chuckie Hong.
Canlubang, on the other hand, was paced by veteran Dave Hernandez who turned in 37 points. The other scorers were Rupert Zaragosa (35), Jobim Carlos (34) and Migo Ochoa (29).
Alabang captured the Founders’ division after scoring 119 points at Del Monte Golf Club in Bukidnon for a four-day total of 481 points.
Rocco Sumabat and Andres Saldana paced Alabang with 32 points apiece followed by Juan Ibazeta (30) and Jama Reyes (25).
Riviera settled for second place with 468 points despite a final round 123 points.
Scorers for Riviera were James Wang (34), Pepot Inigo (32), Jon Judan (32) and Al Quintancon/Bobby Celestino (25).
Third place with 458 points was Orchard which leaned on King Stehmeier (29), Louie Garcia (27), Mike Mapua (26) and Byron Kyucho (25).
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)