Canlubang picked the right time to score its best round, posting 148 points to beat Luisita for the Philippine Airlines Interclub seniors’ golf tournament Sunday.
It was the Sugar Barons’ third straight championship and seventh overall in eight years.
Dave Hernandez and Rolly Viray shone with 51 points each at Alta Vista as Canlubang finished with 568 points, six points ahead of Luisita.Canlubang’s third score was 46 from either team captain Luigi Yulo or Philip Brodett.
For the third straight year, Luisita had to settle for second place, fading in the last nine holes after managing to tie Canlubang at the turn.Minieng Maravilla led Luisita with 51 points, but Richie Garcia, the Philippine Sports Commission chairman, struggled with 47 points, a score matched by Bong Sison.
“If there’s a will, there’s a way,”said Yulo after foiling another Luisita charge.Luisita looked good in the front nine until Garcia went out of bounds off the tee in the ninth hole to make the turn at two-over par.
It was downhill from there as Garcia dropped five more strokes in the last nine holes for 47, seven points less than his first round output.‘I thought I hit a good five-iron tee shot. After that, I could no longer hit it cleanly,” said Garcia.
Pueblo de Oro, which led in the first two rounds, settled for third place with 531 points following a 130.Scoring for Pueblo were Manuel Roa (46), Miguel Chiong (43) and Carlos Rubio (41).Clifford Celdran of Pueblo edged Ramontito Garcia by a single point to win the individual title.
In the Founders division, Cebu Country Club won the Founders division with 555 points after scoring 142 points at Alta Vista.Ramontito Garcia led CCC with 50 points followed by Koichi Horii with 47 and Masatsugu Ochiai with 45.Alta Vista matched CCC’s 142 to settle for second place with 550.Scoring for Alta Vista were Akiro Hatano 50, Ramon Sebastian 47 and Agapito Suan 45.Texas won the Sportswriters class with 460 followed by SFO Crystal Springs 456 and Veterans 453.
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.
CHAMPIONSHIP– Canlubang 568, Luisita 562, Pueblo de Oro 531, YVR BC 444, Forest Hills 437, Victorias 429, Filcansa 426, T. Kingfisher 423, Fil-Am Fairfield 421, Cotabato 412, Bacolod 409, Brookside 406, Mabuhay Las 402, Austral Asian 393, Bay City 374, Greenhills West 361, Canphil 346, Club 1870 339, Melbourne Pinoy 307, 40 Love Darwin 285, Sandbaggers YVR 254, Viva Las Vegas 232.
FOUNDERS– Cebu Country Club 555, Alta Vista 550, Valley 538, Manila Golf 526, Eagle Ridge 521, Wack Wack 514, Mactan 512, Orchard 507, Riviera 503, Villamor 501, Apo 500, uio 494, Evangelista 493, Del Monte 486, Red Hawk 484, Negros 481, Hawaii 463, Philippine Navy 455, Maharlika 436, Northbay Boys 367.
SPORTSWRITERS– Texas 460, SFO Crystal Springs 456, Veterans 453, Intramuros 450, Lanang 448, Fil-Am Florida 443, Saranggani 441, Mercedes 440, Iligan 439, San Juanico 439, Mabuhay SFO 430, South Bay 426, Zamboanga 424, Coral Ocean PT 424, Taotaomuna 422, SFO Heritage 419, Iloilo 418, UP Tee Jots 413, Davao 412, New Jersey 411, Guinhalaran 398, Guam Seals 394, Pinoy Vancouver 392, Paoay 392
FRIENDSHIP– Sharp Brotherhood 392, Fil-Am SFO 377, Sienna 375, Mt. Malindang 349, SFO Alliance 342, Leyte 335, Skywest 323, Ft. Bonifacio 329, Skywest 323, Moffet 320, Peninsula 309, Guam Seniors 290, Par Breakers 285, Gum Compadres 273, Bennette 272, Pittsburg (disqualified)