Bacolod--Manila Southwoods couldn’t dominate on a day it was supposed to be playing an easier course, shooting just 115 points at Binitin in Murcia town yesterday to allow two Founders Division bets to creep into contention for the overall championship of the 73rd PAL Interclub Men’s tournament.
Sean Ramos scored a four-over-par 74 worth 32 points as Southwoods tallied 237 after 36 holes, just three points ahead of Forest Hills and seven in front of another Founders entry in Tagaytay Highlands and regular Championship division bet Del Monte.
The Bukidnon-based squad made the biggest move of the day by shooting 124, also at Binitin, after Romeo Jaraula shot 35 and Crispin Aparilla accounted for 32, even as defending overall champion Cebu CC faded even more with just 109 points at Marapara to be 12 off Southwoods and nine behind Forest Hills in the Founders class.
Tournament format counts any team coming from the lower divisions as eligible to win the overall title.
But with tournament organizers penciling the schedule for the Championship and Founders classes on different courses the whole week, they won’t be playing side-by-side in the last two rounds.
“I just think that it’s unfair for all of the teams in contention, because we will all be playing under different conditions,” Southwoods non-playing captain Thirdy Escano, after getting 29 points each from Kristoffer Arevalo and Masaichi Otake and 25 from Jun Jun Plana, said.
Inigo Raymundo suited up for the second straight day and led Forest Hills with 34 points, with former US NCAA standout Jude Eustaquio accounting for 30 to make up the bulk of the club’s second round 116 points.
Jenz Tecson scored 30 points and Jolo Magcalayo 29 for Tagaytay Highlands, which pooled a second straight 115 to wheel into contention with a 230 aggregate like Del Monte.
Bayani Garcia fired 34 points and Harvey Sytiongsa scored 30 for Cebu CC, which is trying to become the first team to win this coming from a lower bracket for the second time after pulling it out last year on home soil.
Hosted by Philippine Airlines, the international event is backed by platinum sponsors Asian Air Safari, Vanguard Radio Network, Fox Networks Group, Radio Mindanao Network, Inc., Asian Journal Publications Philippines, Inc., Auto Nation Group, Inc. (Mercedes Benz), and SMDC.
Major sponsors include The Boeing Company, University of Mindanao Broadcasting Network, Avolon Aerospace Singapore Pte Ltd, Manila Broadcasting Company, Primax Broadcasting, Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd, CIGNAL TV Inc., Travellers International Hotel Group Inc. (Resorts World), and Airbus.
Other supporters are Uniglobe Travelware Co., Inc. (The Travel Club), Philippine Manila Standard Publishing Inc. (Manila Standard), Officine Corporation, GE Aviation, SEDA Hotels, BDO Unibank, Smart Communications, Inc., People Asia Magazine, A+E Networks Asia (History), Allianz PNB Life, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Tanduay Brands, Rockwell Land Corporation, Petron Corporation, Splash Corporation, AB Heineken Philippines Inc., and Asia Brewery Inc. – Summit.
Day 2 partial scores:
Manila Southwoods 237 (122-115), Del Monte Golf Club 230 (106-124), Luisita Golf & Country Club 221 (117-104)
Forest Hills Golf & Country Club 234 (118-116), Tagaytay Highlands 230 (115-115), Cebu Country Club 225 (116-109), Valley Golf CC 224 (111-113), Riviera Golf 221 (113-108), The Orchard Golf & Country Club 219 (116-103), Negros Occidental Golf & Country Club 215 (104-111), Villamor Airbase Golf Club 208 (105-103), Southern California Redhawks 199 (91-108), Alabang Golf Team 199 (104-95), Sta Elena 194 (100-94), Wack Wack Golf & Country Club 194 (93-101), Fil Am Golf Tour Team 1 156 (66-90), Apo Golf & Country Club Team A 150 (76-74), Fil-Am Fairway Golf Club 145 (69-76), Engineers & Architects Golf League (EAGLE) 114 (61-53)
Guinhalaran Golf 189 (94-95), San Juanico Golf Park & Country Club 177 (83-94), Filipino Golfers in the Middle East – Dubai 175 (86-89), Fil Am Fairfield 171 (92-79), Rancho Palos Verde Team 2 171 (82-89), Team IMG - Tagaytay Midlands 166 (77-89), Davao City Golf Club (DCGC) Team A 156 (80-76), Fil Am Hawaii 155 (65-90), Britanikka Golf Team 2 152 (71-81), Camp Evangelista Golf 144 (80-64), South Cotabato Golf & Country Club 144 (62-82), Lumbia Golf 141 (67-74), Veterans Golf 138 (59-79), South Pacific 136 (73-63), Washington DC Golf Team 126 (69-57), Leyte Golf & Country Club 116(41-75), Davao City Golf Club (FTB) Team B 116 (57-59), Cotabato Golf 103 (54-49), Yokohama Eagles 101 (51-50), Paraiso Golf Players Association 78 (33-45)
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