Cebuanos pad PAL Interclub lead to three

Defending champion Cebu Country Club pooled 130 second round points yesterday to pad its lead over Del Monte to three points halfway through the 66th playing of the Philippine Airlines Interclub’s Men’s championship division in Cebu City.
Marko Sarmiento fired a two-over-par 74 worth 34 points and lawyer Jovi Neri and former club champion Eric Deen shot 33s to anchor the Cebuanos’ steady output over their well-manicured homecourse here for a two-day 250.
Andre Borromeo’s 30 was the final score for Cebu CC as eight-time club champion and playing skipper Ramontito Garcia struggled off the tees to have his 29 thrown away.
Lawrence Cubillo and Reymon Jaraulla assembled 33s and Magnao Arancon returned a 32 to make up Del Monte’s 128 and 247 overall.
Jets Sajulga’s 30 counted as the fourth score for the Bukidnon-based bets, the 2011 champions who discarded the 28 of Julius Bautista.
“A lead is still a lead,” Garcia told scribes after the round, expressing satisfaction that they are still in the driver’s seat – though barely – heading into the final two rounds of the country’s unofficial team golf championship.
“We’re still very happy,” he continued. “Tomorrow, if we increase our lead, the better. Our strongest lineup will still be on the final day, hopefully our experience (over Cebu Country Club) counts.”
Keanu Jahns, a 6-foot-2 half-German, returned the tournament’s first sub-par card in the division’s final flight, a 69 worth 39 points to usher Alabang to a second day 125 that kept it in third spot, now five points behind the pace.
Gabriel Manotoc shot 31 points, Jama Reyes added a 30 and Miguel Shah a 28 to complete scoring for Alabang. Santi Lorenzo failed to count with a 23.
Jahns had five birdies against two bogeys in the lowest round of the tournament thus far, missing the chance to go lower by muffing a putter-length putt for par on the ninth hole – his last – to settle for a 69.
“It could have been better had it not been for my putting and short game woes,” said Jahns, who admitted expecting to play in the final day again because Mactan Islang Golf Club, the site of third round action today, “doesn’t fit my eye very well.”
Sta. Elena remained in fourth spot– but now 51 points behind and totally out of it all – after firing just 102 points built around Jingy Tuason’s 32 points.
Play returns to tight and hard Mactan today and Cebu CC was deep in a team meeting after the round, devising a lineup that would enable them to field the best possible finishers for the final round tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Negros seized the Founders division lead, also at Cebu CC, after also shooting 130 points for 233.
Chris Infante and Jae Woo-yang paced Negros with 33 points apiece with the veteran Francis Gaston and Chepe Dulay adding 32s as it slipped past first round leader Orchard, which tallied just 118 for 232.
The PAL Interclub is being sponsored by the Department of Tourism, 105.1 Crossover, Solar Sports, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, 92.3 FM Radyo 5, Araneta Coliseum and AXN. Major sponsors are Airbus, Manila Broadcasting Corporation, Philippine Broadcasting Network, People Asia, Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror and ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC).
Corporate sponsors include Radisson Blu Hotel, Shangri-La Resort & Spa, Boeing, Inquirer Golf Magazine, Philippines Graphic and Manila Bulletin.(pr)

2nd day scores

FOUNDERS:

233-Negros 103-130; 232-Orchard 114-118; 228-Southwoods 105-123; 220-Valley Golf 100-120; 208-Palos Verdes 92-116; 214-Wack Wack 99-115; 211-Forest Hills 100-111; 201- Tagaytay Highlands 90-111; 209-Alta Vista 100-109, Apo Golf 109-106; 207-Villamor 102-105; 200-Manila Golf 93-107; 195-Eagle Ridge 703-92; 186-Riviera 93-93; 182 Iligan 84-98

FRIENDSHIP:

172-Filam Hawaii 87-85;141-Pittsburg 68-73; 138-Northgate 71-67; 135-Mabuhay SFO 80-55; 132-Cotabato 67-65; 130-Figme 70-60; 117-Green Tee 56-61, Mt. Malindang 53-64, SFO Crystal Springs 56-61; 98-Skywest 54-44; 85-Moffet Field 44-41

CHAMPIONSHIP:

250-Cebu 120-130;247-Del Monte 119-128; 245-Championship 117-128; 199-Sta. Elena 97-102; 148-Pearl kai Hawaii 70-78; 146-Leyte 50-96; 140-Greenhills West 68-72; 124-Vancouver Golf 58-66; 114-Brotherhood 57-57, SFO Heritage 46-68; 110-Fil-Oz Sydney 50-60; 103-Van City 55-48; 90- 40Love Darwin 33-57; 84-Greater YVR 29-55; 83-South Bay 42-41; 74-Yokohama Eagles 28-46; 65-Baguio 29-36; 50-Kuwait 19-31

SPORTSWRITERS:

199-Club Filipino 99-100; 191-Zamboanga 108-83; 190-Sarangani 103-87; 186-Mactan 102-84; 179-Bay Area 94-85; 178-Camp John Hay 95-83; 169-Lumbia 85-84; 168-Sherwood 85-83; 166-Maharlika 84-82; 165-Red Hawk 101-64; 164-PGA BC 89-75; 163-Iloilo 81-82; 162-Phil Navy 85-77, Evangelista 90-72; 157-Pueblo De Oro 83-74; 154 – Standford 86-68, FilAm Fairfield 83-71; 152-San Juanico 86-66, Guinhalaran 78-74; 150-FGA1 Riyadh 86-64; 149-Bacolod 78-71; 148-Davao 81-67; 147-Lanang 76-71, UP Tee Jots 82-65; 146-South Cotabato 77-69; 139-Austral Asian 73-66; 127-Victorias 68-59; 120-Melbourne Pinoy 53-67; 112-Seattle 51-61; 110-Pinoy YVR 63-47; 62-Riyadh 30-32

A million pesos up for grabs in 5th Phoenix Open

A million pesos in cash and 100,000 pesos worth of Phoenix fuel cards await the winners of the hole-in-one of the 5th Phoenix Open on March 9, 2013 at Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club Davao City. A brand new pick-up, a car, and other prizes will also be given away in designated par 3 holes.
Lucky winners shall receive Royal Selangor Pewter Plates and Phoenix Petroleum Fuel cards. Champions shall receive limited edition Phoenix signature golf bags.
Registration is ongoing until March 4, 2013, Monday, up to 5 pm. Participants can register at the following outlets: Rancho Palos Verdes, Apo Golf and Country Club, and Davao City Golf Club.
Entry fee is P5,000.00 per player inclusive of dri-fit golf shirt, a double layered golf umbrella, portable gadget power bank and a golf cap, to be distributed on the day of the tournament at the venue. Players can participate in the team, partner or individual categories.
Phoenix Open players are entitled to one practice round on any day between March 5 to 8, 2013 at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf & Country Club upon presentation of the tournament receipt at the club’s front office.
The 5th Phoenix Open is presented by Phoenix Petroleum Philippines and Pioneer Insurance. Proceeds from the 5th Phoenix Open will go to the advocacies of the Phoenix Philippines Foundation, Inc. The Phoenix Open is the official golf event of the Araw ng Dabaw festival.

For more information, please call tournament organizer Ms. Liloh Evangelista at 0917-362-0880, 0922-944-4114 or email phoenix.opengolf@phoenixphilippines.com (pr)

Cebu takes one-point Interclub lead

 Cebu Country Club barely made it out on top of a day of ballooning scores yesterday, shooting 120 points at tight Mactan Island Golf Club for a one point lead over Del Monte at the start of the 66thPhilippine Airlines Interclub’s Regular Men’s championship in Cebu City.
Burly Bayani Garcia and teenager Lloyd Jefferson Go both churned out four-over-par 76s worth 32 points each, and Jovi Neri shot 30 with either 26 of Mark Dy and Carl Almario counting to make up one of the lowest opening day scores to lead the tournament in recent times.
Del Monte got 34 points from 15-year-old Jelbert Gamolo, 30 from Noel Langamin and the 28 and 27 of Francis Morilla and Leonardo Lofranco for its 119, which was two points better than third-running Alabang.
Jovencio Lusterio failed to count with a 25 for Del Monte, the 2011 champion.
Lefty Andres Saldana, a talented 18-year-old who has his eyes on a professional career, and veteran campaigner Justin Quiban each shot 32 with Miguel Shah firing a 27 and Dax Garcia pooling 26 points for Alabang, labeled as the darkhorse here.
Christopher Popp, a junior talent, had his 25 thrown out by Alabang.
“Despite the 32, I thought I played well,” the 27-year-old Garcia said. “We hope to separate from the pack tomorrow (today) when we play our home course.”
Most of those in the field were punished by the tight and hard fairways and the very slow greens of the military-operated layout in Lapu-Lapu City, with Cebu CC, seeking to win this event a second straight year, going 17-over after its final player finished his fifth hole.
In Founders action also at Mactan, Orchard shot 114 points built around the 30 of TJ Benitez and the 29 of King Stehmeier, for a nine-point lead over Southwoods. Allan Arcilla fired a 28 and Ace Stehmeier 27 for Orchard.
Steve Yoon paced Southwoods with 31 points even as Apo was third with a 103 after getting 29 points from Jose Saavedra. Negros and Eagle Ridge also pooled 103s.
Defending Founders champion Wack Wack got off to a bad start, firing just 99 points to trail Orchard by 15.
“I had even thought that we would be shooting 124 on the first day, and that’s an average of just 31 for each player, which is low,” Cebu CC official Jeric Hechanove said. “We didn’t get the strong start that we wanted, but at least we are in the lead.”
Sta. Elena was a distant fourth with 97 points after getting 31 points from former senior match play champion Jingy Tuason and 26 from Yuri Allado.
Philippine Sports Commission chair Richie Garcia, who also played for Luisita in the Seniors division last week, fired a 22 with the 18 of Pepito Angeles counting as the last score for Sta. Elena.
Action shifts to Cebu Country Club, a well-manicured gem right at the heart of this city, where the defending champions are expected to hit hard with a lineup that has eight-time club champion and playing skipper Montito Garcia.
The PAL Interclub is being sponsored by the Department of Tourism, 105.1 Crossover, Solar Sports, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, 92.3 FM Radyo 5, Araneta Coliseum and AXN. Major sponsors are Airbus, Manila Broadcasting Corporation, Philippine Broadcasting Network, People Asia, Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror and ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC).
Corporate sponsors include Radisson Blu Hotel, Shangri-La Resort & Spa, Boeing, Inquirer Golf Magazine, Philippines Graphic and Manila Bulletin.(pr)
The scores:
CHAMPIONSHIP
120 – Cebu; 119 – Del Monte; 117 – Alabang; 97 – Sta Elena; 70 – Pearl Kai Hawaii; 68 –Greenhills West; 58 – Vancouver Golf; 57 – Brotherhood; 55 – Van City; 50 –Leyte, Fil-Oz Sydney; 46 – SFO Heritage; 42 – South Bay; 33 – 40 Love Darwin; 29 – Greater YVR, Baguio; 28 – Yokohama Eagles; 19 – Kuwait
FOUNDERS
114 –Orchard; 105 – Southwoods; 103 – Apo, Negros, Eagle Ridge; 102 – Villamor; 100 –Alta Vista, Forest Hills, Valley Golf; 99 – Wack Wack; 93 – Manila Golf, Riviera; 92 – Palos Verdes; 90 – Tagaytay; 84- Iligan
SPORTSWRITERS
108 –Zamboanga; 103 – Saranggani; 102 – Mactan; 101 – Red Hawk; 99 – Club Filipino; 95 – Camp John Hay; 94 – Bay Area; 90 – Evangelista; 89 – PGA BC; 86 – San Juanico, Stanford, FGA1 Riyadh; 85 – Phil Navy, Sherwood, Lumbia; 84 – Maharlika; 83 – Pueblo DeOro, FilAm Fairfield; 82 – UP Tee Jots; 81- Davao, Iloilo; 78 – Bacolod, Guinhalaran; 77 – South Cotabato; 76 – Lanang; 73 – Austral Asian; 68 – Victorias; 63 – Pinoy YVR; 53 – Melbourne Pinoy; 51 – Seattle; 30 – Riyadh
FRIENDSHIP
87 – Fil-Am Hawaii; 80 – Mabuhay SFO; 71—Northgate; 70—Figme; 68—Pittsburg; 67—Cotabato; 56-Green Tee, SFO Crystal Springs; 54-Skywest; 53 – Mt Malindang; 44 – Moffet Field

Cebu CC fields strong opening lineup

Cebu Country Club will field in a very formidable five to open up its repeat bid in the Philippine Airlines Interclub Men’s championship today while listing three other teams as possible title threats in the centerpiece event in Cebu City.

Young LJ Go and veteran campaigner Bayani Garcia will open up hostilities for the Cebuanos as the first 18 holes are played at the unpredictable Mactan Island Golf Club in Lapu-Lapu City, a layout where not even the CCC bets can claim familiarity with.

Carl Almario, a former pro, lawyer Jovi Neri and Mark Dy are the other starters for CCC, which will be shooting to win a second title and its first-ever repeat championship.

Cebu CC will be trying to get a good start in its efforts to repeat, hence the big starting lineup, even as the hosts have labeled Del Monte and Alabang as their biggest challengers and Southwoods as the darkhorse in the event.

“We want to make a statement early, we want to come up with an opening day effort that would announce that we are really dead serious in repeating as champions,” Cebu CC team official Jeric Hechanova said yesterday.

The starting five sampled the Mactan layout for the final time yesterday, and though they are all from this bustling city, they also cannot claim homecourt edge over the other teams.

“The best that we have over the other teams is that we have played Mactan maybe three times more than they have,” Hechanova said.

Championship division action will be held at Mactan and then the Cebu CC in the second and fourth rounds, and Hechanova has talked with confidence about having an even stronger five finishing hostilities for them on Saturday.

“What we want, if we get the strong start that we are aiming for, is to be able to come up with a steady lineup in the second and third rounds just to keep our lead,” Hechanova said. “And then we will have the strongest team in the final day.”
Del Monte, the 2011 champion at the Pueblo de Oro and Del Monte courses, still has basically the same lineup that finished second last year in Davao, save for Yoyong Velez, whose spot has been taken over by a 12-year-old.

Alabang is a young team that will be spearheaded by national pool mainstay Andres Saldana and teenagers Keanu Jahns and Gabriel Manotoc, while Southwoods has a sprinkling of both youth and experience.

The PAL Interclub is being sponsored by the Department of Tourism, 105.1 Crossover, Solar Sports, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, 92.3 FM Radyo 5, Araneta Coliseum and AXN. Major sponsors are Airbus, Manila Broadcasting Corporation, Philippine Broadcasting Network, People Asia, Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror and ABS-CBN The Filipino
Channel (TFC).

Corporate sponsors include Radisson Blu Hotel, Shangri-La Resort & Spa, Boeing, Inquirer Golf Magazine, Philippines Graphic and Manila Bulletin.(pr)

Davao’s Sunday Salvacion is Player of the Week

TRUST a veteran to step up when his team needs it most.

Dabawenyo Sunday Salvacion epitomized the time-tested adage anew when he capped a fiery performance with the game-winner that stirred Meralco back to life in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Utilized for the first time in the conference last Sunday the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period Sept. 18 to 24 did not disappoint with his 20 points highlighted by the buzzer-beating triple that spelled the 90-89 thriller over GlobalPort.
“Always a blessing to have a warrior like Sunday,” said Bolts coach Ryan Gregorio of the 34-year-old.
“Buried deep and not part of our usual rotation he exhibited tremendous determination and a positive attitude. He heeded the call and carried us on his shoulders.”
There are some circumstances that make the feat more noteworthy, added the tactician. “I always knew that Sunday could hit the three, but what made the feat more exceptional was not only because it was a game-winning three it was more so because of where he came from,” said Gregorio.
“He was languishing at the far end of our bench in our first four games but it did not discourage him at all. Instead, he took it like a grizzled veteran who did not let the opportunity slip away. 
“A good lesson in life, that when your number is called always be in the moment.”
Salvacion said he was merely doing what was expected of him.
“Ganu’n lang naman tayo palagi, na kapag tinawag handang mag-deliver kung ano kaya,” said the forward-guard tabbed at 11th overall by Barangay Ginebra in the 2003 draft before making stops in San Miguel Beer and Barako Bull before landing at Meralco prior to the season.
As Gregorio himself admitted, Salvacion was inserted into the game chiefly to try and stifle Batang Pier chief gunner Gary David.
Salvacion, a former Rizal Memorial Colleges Bullpup who dominated the Gaisano Cup tournaments in Davao, succeeded defensively only in the last four minutes, when he finally stopped David’s scoring at 27. Then he returned the favor on the other end by scoring eight of Meralco’s last 13 points that led them back from a 77-87 deficit.
In all, Salvacion went 7-of-9 from the field, including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc.
As Salvacion himself related it was his first game-winner since 2008 while he was still donning a Gin King uniform in a match against Alaska. That one, though, was a simple straightaway, unlike the shot he made a little to the left.
“Akala ko nga nu’ng binitiwan ko hindi papasok,” said the former NCAA MVP. “Pero nu’ng makita ko ang arko, sabi ko okey siya.”
The win snapped the Bolts out of a three-game slide and Gregorio said Salvacion’s latest performance opened his eyes to one fact.
“A great lesson for me, that Sunday should be part of our rotation,” he stated.(pr)

Registration starts for the Araw ng Dabaw Phoenix Marathon

Registration is now open for the Araw ng Dabaw Phoenix Marathon on March 10.
Runners can register at Phoenix Petroleum stations in Acacia St. and Lanang, SM City Davao in Ecoland (Ground Floor fronting National Bookstore), and at SM Lanang Premier (Ground Floor – Atrium).
For runners outside Davao City, registration areas are at Phoenix Petroleum sales offices in Cebu, Bacolod, Cagayan De Oro, and General Santos City, and Dencio’s Kamayan in Tagum.
Categories for the marathon are 3K, 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K. Entry fees are P199 for the 3K and 5K, P399 for 10K, P599 for 21K, and P799 for the 42K category.
Early Bird Promo is available for group registrations. Sign up in groups of 10 until February 28, 2013, and get 1 free registration.
The run will start and end at SM Lanang Premier and the turning point for the 21K and 42K is at SM City Davao.
The event dubbed as “The SM to SM Run” is for the benefit of the Phoenix Philippines Foundation’s programs on Education, Environment, Health and Safety, and Outreach and Disaster Relief.
Online registration is also available through payment of the registration fee to Banco De Oro Account Phoenix Philippines Foundation, Inc., Account Number – 244-011-5688. The runner must e-mail a copy of the deposit slip and the filled up entry form to harry.dubuozet@phoenixphilippines.com. The entry form can be downloaded in the Phoenix Petroleum website www.phoenixphilippines.com. For confirmation of the receipt of payment and for the race kit, runners can coordinate with Harry Dubuozet at 0917-301-5981.
The Araw ng Dabaw Phoenix Marathon is presented by Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Pioneer Insurance, SM City Davao, and SM Lanang Premier. It is held in partnership with the City Government of Davao and is organized by Vantage Sports.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/phoenixdavaorun or dial the Araw ng Dabaw Phoenix Marathon hotlines: 0917-307-8735 and 0921-594-9303.(pr)

Mactan opens Men’s Regular action tomorrow

Mactan, a military-operated layout which no team in the 66th Philippine Airlines Interclub field can claim to have familiarity with, will be the site of Day 1 action of the Men’s Regular championship starting tomorrow.
Cebu Country Club (CCC), a traditional course which has been a landmark at the heart of this city, will host the second and final rounds as its club bets shoot to win the event for the second straight year.
Also a par-72 like CCC, Mactan will be the site for the third day, which could prove what CCC general manager Jeric Hechanova right when he said that it could be the turning point of the tournament.
While CCC will have relatively sleek and well-manicured greens, Mactan will have slow greens.
Fairways of both courses also vary greatly, with CCC being softer and Mactan a tad harder than usual, making approaches more difficult over at the course near the international airport.
“That’s why we believe that the turning point (of the tournament) could be Mactan,” Hechanova had said in an earlier interview. “Anything can happen there and no team can claim local knowledge over there.”
Cebu CC will be shooting for back-to-back wins for the first time in its PAL Interclub participation and it will be bannered by basically the same team that ruled the event last year at the Apo Golf and Rancho Palos Verdes courses in Davao.
Alabang will parade a youthful side that has Filipino-German Keanu Jahns in the lineup, while Del Monte, the champion two years ago in Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon, has also remained practically intact.
One heavy contributor for Cebu CC last year who won’t be around this time is Gio Gandiongco, the cool and calculating teenager who is in a golf scholarship in the United States.
The PAL Interclub is being sponsored by the Department of Tourism, 105.1 Crossover, Solar Sports, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, 92.3 FM Radyo 5, Araneta Coliseum and AXN. Major sponsors are Airbus, Manila Broadcasting Corporation, Philippine Broadcasting Network, People Asia, Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror and ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC).
Corporate sponsors include Radisson Blu Hotel, Shangri-La Resort & Spa, Boeing, Inquirer Golf Magazine, Philippines Graphic and Manila Bulletin.(pr)