BACOLOD CITY – Canlubang primed itself for a 10th championship after seizing a seven-point lead over defending champion Luisita Saturday in the 32nd Philippine Seniors Interclub golf team tournament.
No one broke 50 points on a day Binitin course turned out to be a tough customer, but the Sugar Barons salvaged 140 points behind the 48 of Dr. Pem Rosal.
Rosal, playing the Interclub for the first time after spending the last 30 years in the United States, did not make a single birdie, but managed to avoid the double bogeys that hurt most of the players.
With Abe Avena and Mari Hechanova adding 47 and 45, respectively, Canlubang posted 140 points that raised its total to 433 points.
Dave Hernandez, one of three Canlubang players who played Binitin twice, did not count with 44, his birdie-less round hurt by a pickup on the sixth hole.
After returning with 149 points Friday, Luisita slumped to 131 points, a score that raised doubts on its ability to defend its title.
Raffy Garcia, who had 50 points Friday, struggled with 45, Benjie Sumulong scored 44 and Chito Laureta rounded up scoring for Luisita with 42.
Edmund Yee, Luisita’s top scorer at Marapara Thursday with 50, had a forgettable 39.
Del Monte, the third team in the championship division, had a total of 41 points after submitting 136. Scoring for the Mindanao-based squad were Ramon Velez 48, Antonio Arancon 44 and Erning Apas 44.
The three teams return to Marapara on Sunday for the final round with both Canlubang and Luisita exuding confidence.
“It is not a safe lead, but it’s nice to carry that to Marapara,” said Canlubang mainstay Rolly Viray.
Luisita captain Jeric Hechanova remains optimistic.
“No excuses. Our team played bad but fortunately, there’s one more day to go. I feel we have a stronger lineup tomorrow,” Hechanova said.
Eddie Bagtas will lead Luisita’s final round cast. The others are Jingy Tuason, Rodel Mangulabnan and Benjie Sumulong.
They will be up against Abe Rosal, Damasus Wong, Rolly Viray and Zaldy Villa.
Meanwhile, Rancho Palos Verdes surged on top of the Sportswriters division after posting 123 points at Binitin for a three-day total of 351.
Overnight leader Veterans Golf Club now trails Rancho by 24 after struggling with just 97, allowing TaoTaomona Guam to inch to within four following a 105-point output.
Veterans has a three-day total of 327.
The Interclub’s Platinum sponsors this year are Primax Broadcasting, RMN and Fox, while major sponsors are BusinessWorld Publishing, Rolls Royce, TV5, Philippine Standard.
Other sponsors include Boeing, Under Armour, Eton Properties and Asia Brewery.(pr)
Day 3 Scores
CHAMPIONSHIP: Canlubang 433, Luisita 426, Del Monte 401
FOUNDERS: Cebu Country Club 406, Orchard 404, Negros Occidental A 398, Veterans Golf B 392, Alabang 390, Manila 388, Pueblo de Oro 376, Camp John Hay 373, Wack Wack 373, Eagleridge 372, Valley Golf 369, Riviera 368, Manila Southwoods 366, Apo Golf 361, Guinhalaran 356, Camp Evangelista 337, Zamboanga 329, Team Metgut 305, PGA Qatar 275
AVIATOR: Villamor Airbase 359, Alta Vista 358, Filam Hawaii 340, Davao City 336, Negros Occidental B 334, Iloilo 334, Sarangani 333, Team Coral Ocean Point 329, Socal Redhawk 327, Bay Area 317, Club Intramuros 312, Lanang 304, Baguio Country Club 297, Par 2000 297, Leyte 290, UP Tee Jots 286, Cotabato 266, Honolulu 266, Guam Seniors 263, Pinoy Vancouver A 263, MSU Marawi 257, Brotherhood Sharp 201
SPORTSWRITER: Rancho Palos Verdes 351, Veterans Golf A 327, Taotaomona Guam 323, Bacolod 322, Iligan 320, Sienna Plantation 319, San Juanico 318, Forest Hills 317, SF Maharlika 314, Club Filipino 311, Melbourne Pinoy 308, Paoay 301, South Cotabato 300, Van City 298, Alameda Bago 277, Fort Bonifacio 268, SF Crystal Springs 267, San Francisco East Bay 267, Dirab 262, Seattle Golf 255, Vancouver Golf Assoc of BC 227, Par Breakers 227, Pinoy Vancouver B 217, SF Peninsula 180
FRIENDSHIP: South Bay 333, Club 1872 LA 312, Bay City 305, Fil-Oz Sydney 303, Canphil 297, Eastridge 290, Travelers Golf Club 281, Philam Golf of Central Florida 279, Mt Malindang 275, Fil-am Fairfield 266, Richmond Range 265, Guam Seals 259, PGA British Columbia 254, Lumbia 254, Filam New Jersey 252, Filcansa 250, Bennett Valley 249, Mabuhay SFO 247, Moffett Field 247, Winners Circle 243, Tri-City 232, Guam Compadres 225, Fil-am SFO 221, West Covina 209, SFO Alliance 208, Skywest 191, Pittsburg Filam 177