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.
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2nd day scores
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
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
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
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