Pueblo de Oro kept the lead in the championship division Friday, but saw its margin cut to just three points by Luisita halfway through the Philippine Airlines Interclub
seniors’golf tournament in Cebu City.
Fielding the same team that posted the best score at Alta Vista Thursday, Pueblo scored 132 points at the Club Filipino de Cebu for a two-day aggregate of 285.
Victor Yuvallos led Pueblo with 47 points while Clifford Celdran added 45.
Ed Yap counted with 40.
The second round score was 21 points less than their opening 153, but Celdran said it was expected and understandable.
“It’s hard to play for two consecutive days,” said Celdran, who on Thursday sizzled with 55 points. “We came here with only third place in mind, but if we win, why not?”
Celdran said half of their team is still in Cagayan de Oro still waiting for the plane that would take them here.
“We’re leaving today. Four of our teammates are arriving to play the next two rounds,” said Celdran.
Luisita and Canlubang, still tipped to fight for the title, each carded 135 points as they go into the weekend separated by only two points.
Pepot Inigo and Francis Gaston posted 47 and 46, respectively while Seve Roxas Chua counted with 42 for Luisita. Rudy Amata failed to count after a 41.
Canlubang was led by team owner Luigi Yulo and Dave Hernandez who had 46
points apiece. Tony Olives completed scoring with 43 as Philip Brodett’s 41 failed to count.
Olives said they like their chances.
“All of our players have now played. We want to keep them fresh as possible,” said Olives.
Meanwhile, Cebu Country Club seized the lead in the Founders’ division, firing 141 points for a two-day total of 282, four points ahead of Alta Vista.
Ramontito Garcia shot 49, Leor Alaan and Koitchi Horii added 46 for CCC.
Manila Golf Club was running third with 273 after a 127.
The event 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.
CHAMPIONSHIP: Pueblo de Oro 285, Luisita 282, Canlubang 280, Fil-Am Fairfield 242, Team Kingfisher 235, Forest Hills 228, Filcansa 218, Bacolod 213, YVR BC 211, Team Brookside 208, Cotabato 206, Mabuhay Las Vegas 198, Victorias 195, Austral Asian 194, 40 Love Darwin 189, Bay City 179, Greenhills West 179, Canphil 166, Club 1872 162,
Melbourne Pinoy 140, Sandbaggers YVR 131, Viva Las Vegas 99
SPORTSWRITERS: Texas 234, SFO Crystal Springs 234, Mabuhay SFO 228, San
Juanico 228, Fil-Am Florida 226, Team Coral Ocean Point 225, Lanang 224, Veterans 223, Taotaomona 222, Saranggani 221, Club Intramuros 221, Zamboanga 220, Iligan 219, Southbay 219, Iloilo 217, Guinhalaran 213, South Cotabato 211, UP Tee Jots 199, Lumbia 193, Travelers SFO 191, Bayanihan 188, SFO Heritage 187, Winners Circle 183, Fil-Am
New Jersey 183, Bay Area 103.(pr)