Congrats Pat-Pat!

Patricia Andrea Maxey or Pat-Pat, the unica hija of Sunstar Davao editor Charles Raymond A. Maxey and wife Bella and grand daughter of Edge Davao-The Business Paper editorial consultant Ramon or Ram (one of the founders of the Davao Sportswriters Association) just attended her graduation day at the Ateneo de Davao campus.

I could not help but feel proud of this young lady who just like any of our comrades in the sports community watched her and other “products of love” grow up.

Well, school work is not yet over Pat-Pat and may God the Almighty guide you in your next step to becoming an educated and productive human being.

To Pat-Pat and the rest of the graduates, congratulations!

Capadocia, Arcilla score repeat, top Cainta netfest

Marian Capadocia mastered Clarice Patrimonio while Johnny Arcilla toppled PJ Tierro as they shared top honors for the second straight week in the third Cainta-Palawan Pawnshop Open Tennis Championships last Sunday at the Brookside Hills Tennis Club in Cainta.

The third-ranked Capadocia dished out a near-flawless game to repeat over Patrimonio, 6-2, 6-2, and clinch the ladies singles crown in a big follow-up to her Olivarez Cup feat where she turned back the No. 2 Patrimonio, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(2).

The top-seeded Arcilla, who beat doubles partner Vicente Anasta to cop the men’s singles title in the Olivarez Cup, broke Tierro once in the opening set then outlasted his third-ranked rival in the next frame to hack out a 6-4, 7-6(2) decision in the event presented by Palawan Pawnshop and held in cooperation with Mayor Mon Ilagan and Babolat.

Arcilla and Anasta later teamed up to beat Marc Reyes and Tierro, 6-4, 6-3, and capture the men’s doubles plum for the second straight week while Marinel Rudas and Edilyn Balanga outpointed Clarice and Christine Patrimonio, 4-6, 6-1, 10-8, to cop the ladies doubles title.

While Arcilla’s win only validated his claim as the country’s top netter, Capadocia’s back-to-back victories against the country’s leading players will give the 17-year-old ace the No. 1 spot in the ladies ranking starting next month.

“Marian’s repeat win only showed she’s ready to assume the top ranking in the ladies side,” said Bobby Castro, COO of the sponsoring Palawan Pawnshop.

Meanwhile, top country’s leading pawnshop firm resumes its holding of the age-group tournaments with the staging of the Palawan Pawnshop Regional age-group championships beginning Saturday (March 30), also at the Brookside courts.

“We expect another banner field to vie for top honors in our age-grouper where we hope to identify talents who can be developed and trained to become members of the national pool,” said Castro.

The upcoming Group 2 tournament, sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association, will feature the leading and rising junior stars from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.(pr)

Ardina stays ahead with 68

Dottie Ardina followed up his solid opening 69 with a more impressive 68 but found a new challenger in ICTSI-The Country Club teammate Princess Superal in the second round of the True Visions International Junior Golf Championship 2013 in Bangkok late Wednesday.

Ardina, who started the round one-stroke ahead of Indonesian Millie Saroha, flashed top form in shooting a four-under card on six birdies against two bogeys as she pooled a 36-hole aggregate of 137 to post a two-shot lead over a charging Superal.

The 16-year-old Superal, winner of 11 titles last year, bucked a bogey with a slew of birdies, including three on the last six holes to match Ardina’s 68 for a 139 as the top Filipina bets poised themselves for a 1-2 finish in the 72-hole tournament featuring the region’s leading junior players.

Taiwan’s Yi Ching Wu matched 72 for third at 142.

But while Ardina held sway in Class A, ICTSI teammate Abby Arevalo wavered with a 39 at the back and finished with a four-over 76, yielding int eh Class B lead to Thai Papamkhon Tavatanakit, who carded a 72 for a 144.

Arevalo totaled a 146, one shot ahead of another Thai Jaravee Bunchat, who made a 73.

Sofia Chabon sizzled with a 67 after a 76 as she moved to third in Class C with a 143, four strokes behind fellow Filipina Harmie Constantino of Aguinaldo, who fired a 71, and Thailand’s Pornpawee Tanavichai, who shot a 69, for 139s.

Ardina, winner of last week’s Thailand Ladies Open’s 18-20 crown and the WWWExpress-DHL Open back home last month, birdied Nos. 1 and 6 but dropped a stroke on No. 8 before gunning down three birdies on the last six holes to complete a 35-33 card.(pr)

Palawan Pawnshop age-grouper resumes Saturday

Action in the Palawan Pawnshop Regional age-group tournament resumes Saturday (March 30) with Eric Jed Olivarez and Katrina Orteza leading the chase in the 18-and-under division at the Brookside Hills Tennis Club in Cainta, Rizal.

The five-day event ending April 3 serves as the seventh leg of the year-round, nationwide circuit put up by Palawan Pawnshop as part of its community service and at the same keep the youth busy this summer season.

Olivarez faces a slew of rivals in the premier class, including No. 2 Marcen Gonzales, third seed Lance Canizares, fourth ranked Kyle Joseph and the likes of Vernon Huivonhua, Jerome Romualdez, Jose Cano and Julian Dayrit while Orteza will be crowded by second seed Maia Balce, No. 3 Isabella Orteza and fourth ranked Andrea Amistad.

“We hope to produce new faces from our series of tournaments designed to discover talents who could be tapped and trained to become members of the national pool,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

The circuit, sanctioned by Philta and supported by Babolat, held the first five stages in the Visayas with the sixth hosted by Paranaque last month. The eighth leg will be held April 5-9 at the Ouans Worth Farm Resort in Lucena City with free registration.

“We are thankful for Palawan Pawnshop’s continuing support to tennis and we expect to produce a new breed of players from this year-round, nationwide circuit,” said Philta president Rep. Edwin Olivarez.

For details, contact Philta referee Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.

Also on tap in the upcoming event are the boys’ and girls’ 12-, 14-, 16-and-under classes and the 10-unisex category.(pr)

LSGH takes three-point Inter-Scholastics golf lead

JP De Claro gunned down two birdies in his final six holes on Saturday to rescue a level-par 72 and lead La Salle-Greenhills (LSGH) to a three-point lead over Lyceum in the NGAP’s first-ever Inter-Scholastics Golf championship.
Luigi Guerrero returned a 73 and Inigo Raymundo’s 74 was thrown away as La Salle tallied 145 in the three-to-play, two-to-count format of the 72-hole event presented by the MVP Sports Foundation at Canlubang’s South course in Laguna
Wolen Superal returned the day’s only sub-par card, a 69, that powered Lyceum to a 148 after the Intramuros-based squad counted either 79s of Dan Cruz or Carlos Tinio III.
De Claro, a veteran campaigner in big amateur events, had a horrid three-hole stretch from No. 8 where he went bogey-double bogey and bogey before catching fire in the stretch and save the day for LSGH.
Beacon got a 72 from the promising Gabriel Manotoc but had to count the 83 of the returning Basti Lorenzo for 154 like De La Salle (DLSU) to be nine down in the event that serves as part of the PLDT Group Amateur Golf Tour.
This tournament is the first for the 15-year-old Lorenzo, who missed the Philippine Airlines Interclub in Cebu for Alabang after dislocating his left shoulder in practice.
Eric Gallardo fired a 75 and Marvin Mendoza added a 79 for DLSU, with De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB) shooting a 160 on the strength of Joseph Uy’s 76 and RG Medestomas’ 84.
The event will be played for two weekends with the champion school to go home with P100,000 for its athletic program. Second place is would be worth P50,000.(pr)

Accel-PBA POTW: Mike Cortez

WEARING two hats in a game may befuddle some players, but not Mike Cortez.

Air21’s premier guard even appeared to be entirely comfortable in his dual roles as facilitator and scorer, helping power the Express to back-to-back wins in the week that was and earning for himself the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period March 18 to 24.
In victories over defending champion San Mig Coffee and GlobalPort, the man dubbed as “Cool Cat” was the most consistent backup to superlative import Michael Dunigan with averages of 13.5 points and 6.0 assists while playing both guard positions.
Foremost among those glad for Cortez is Air21 coach Franz Pumaren.
“Right now we are not only asking him to run the team but to score also,” related Pumaren of the 32-year-old, the top pick overall in the 2003 draft. “That’s why once in a while we are using him as a 2-guard.”
More proof is the fact Cortez has laced his recent performances with 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.0 block with only 2.0 turnovers in just a little over 35 minutes of action.
The former De La Salle U star displayed his versatility in an 87-82 victory over the Mixers, when he backstopped Dunigan’s 25 points and 20 rebounds with 13 points, six rebounds, as many assists and three steals.
In the course of a come-from-behind 87-72 victory over the Batang Pier last Saturday, Cortez tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists to help prop Dunigan’s 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists and point the Express to their fourth straight win.
Those all-around games fashioned over tough opponents prompted the scribes to choose him over fellow playmaker LA Tenorio, who clipped 16.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists as Barangay Ginebra also notched two wins to stretch its own streak to four.
Air21 now has an even 5-5 slate and, helped along by recent developments, is lodged in a tie for fourth-running spot and closer to a second straight playoffs appearance.
Cortez is sure to point the way.(pr)