BACOLOD – Tom Kim fired a level par 70 for 36 points yesterday and Luigi Wong added 32 as Manila Southwoods slowed down with just 126 third round points in the PAL Interclub’s centerpiece Regular Men’s Championship at Binitin.
With the elements at their worst, the Carmona-based squad struggled like the rest, but team skipper Thirdy Escano knows that they have accomplished what they set out to do here as they take a 20-point lead over Luisita into the final day.
“I can sleep soundly tonight,” Escano said even after Aidric Chan added 30 points and Carlo Corpus 28 for a 405 aggregate as Southwoods moved closer to the tournament’s first-ever “four-peat.”
Kristopher Arevalo, who signed for a 38 on Friday, failed to count with a 26.
But despite their meager output, the defending champions still played well enough to keep their heads above water and not give Luisita a chance to pull out an upset when the final round is played at tree-lined Marapara today.
“It was a really difficult day for everyone and I can’t complain at the way the boys played,” Escano said. “The winds were blowing so hard and the course has hardened so much that everyone suffered bad breaks throughout their rounds.”
Sean Jean Ramos fired 37 and Luis Miguel Guerrero signed for 33 as Luisita amassed 129 and practically bagged second place over Canlubang with a 385 total.
Benjie Sumulong and the veteran Eddie Bagtas accounted for 31 and 28, respectively, and Luisita threw away the 27 of Josh Jorge to be 16 points ahead of the Sugar Barons going to Marapara.
Josef Bucay accounted for 32 and Jonas Magcalayo 31 for the Sugar Barons, who had 119 and would need a really big final round to be able to dislodge the Luisitans in second spot.
Gido Mandanas and JP De Claro had 28 apiece for Cangolf, which will take a 369 tally into the final day.
This year’s Interclub’s Platinum sponsors this year are RMN and Manila Times, while major sponsors are Mastercard, The Philippine Manila Standard, Rolls Royce, Bombardier, TV5, Primax, BusinessWorld, Crossover and Fox.
Other sponsors include Boeing, PAGCOR, Belmonte Hotel, Eton Properties and Asia Brewery, Inc.(pr)
Day 3 COMPLETE SCORES
Championship : Manila Southwoods 405, Luisita 385, Canlubang 369, Del Monte 350
Sportswriters : Mactan Island 296, Guinhilaran 273, Club Filipino de Cebu 268, Bacolod 262, Iloilo 256, Zamboanga 248, UP tee Jots 245, Tagaytay Midlands 241, Fil-Am Fairfield 239, Fil-Am Hawaii 233, Cattle Creek 213, Melbourne Pinoy 213, PGA British Columbia 203, Camp Evangelista 202, Seattle 201, Green Tee Club Riyadh 188, MSU Marawi 180, SF Maharlika 166, Pearl kai Hawaii 164, Parbreakers Golf Association of British Columbia 133
Friendship : Bay Area 241, South Cotabato 223, Pittsburg Filam 206, San Juanico 206, Filipino Golfers Assco Kuwait Team1 204, Van City 202, New Zealand Black Tees 199, Lanang 197, Baguio 192, SF Crystal Springs 186, Iligan 185, Figme Dubai 184, Mt Malindang 179, SkyWest 164, Mabuhay Golf SFO 161, Silicon Valley 149, Fil Oz Sydney 137, Figme UAE 132, Cotabato 112, Filipino Golfers Assoc Kuwait Team2 73, Greater Vancouver 104
Aviator : Negros Occidental 332, Sta Elena 304, Sherwood Hills 293, Rancho Palos Verdes 291, Alta Vista 277, Eagle Ridge 270, Sarangani-Gensan 267, Lumbia 265, Apo 263, Stanford 261, Davao City 255, Camp John Hay 217, Greenhills West 179, Moffett Field 133, YokohM Eagles 121
Founders : Wack Wack 338, Forest Hills 333, Cebu 332, Tagaytay Highlands 323, The Orchard 320, Villamor Airbase 319, Riviera 310, Valley Golf CC 310, Southern California Redhawks 284, Alabang 278, Pueblo de Oro 277, Manila Golf 265, Camp Aguinaldo 244, Summit Point 239, Pinoy Vancouver 136