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PAL Interclub: Cebu CC writes Interclub history

Cebu Country Club’s Bayani Garcia at Hole no. 12 of the Mactan Island Golf Club.(pr)
Cebu Country Club yesterday completed its date with PAL Interclub history, winning the overall championship.(pr)

PAL Interclub

Cebu CC writes Interclub history

CEBU—Not minding the enormity of what was at stake, Cebu Country Club yesterday completed its date with PAL Interclub history, winning the overall championship coming from a lower division by turning back powerhouse Manila Southwoods.

Burly Bayani Garcia and Pio Neri fired level-par 72s worth 36 points each and Mark Dy accounted for 35 in leading a balanced final day assault on a Cebu Country Club course they call home as the Founders Division favorite steamrolled its way to a crown to remember with a nine-point victory over Southwoods.

“This is definitely unexpected,” skipper Marco Sarmiento, whose 33 was the last score to count, said before joining his teammates in a wild celebration. “We talked about how to attack (the final day) and that was to play with that (history) not in our minds.

“And I guess it worked,” he said as Cebu CC tallied 516 counting 252 points churned out at tight Mactan Island Golf in the middle two rounds and an opening 124.

This marks just the second time that a team from a lower division won the overall title, as Cebu CC duplicated a 1988 feat by an Aguinaldo team made up of future international luminaries like Ramon Brobio and swing coach Bong Lopez.

Southwoods got 38 points from Yuto Katsuragawa but couldn’t get the others to deliver the numbers non-playing skipper Thirdy Escano expected, settling for second and blowing their own bid to win the tournament a fifth straight time, a record solely held by Canlubang.

Chepe Dulay scored 34 points, Carl Corpuz added 32 and either 31 of Josh Jorge and former junior world champion Kristoffer Arevalo counted for Southwoods’ closing 135 and 507 overall, 17 points ahead of Luisita.

The Luisitans got 34 points from Paolo Wong and 32 from Don Petil to make up the bulk of a closing 126, with Del Monte shooting a 119 after 36 points from Romeo Jaraula.

The Cebu CC victory also gift-wrapped for Orchard Golf Club the Founders Division crown with the Dasmarinas-based squad tallying 482 after a fourth round 129 for a 24-point win over Forest Hills.

Zachary Castro scored 35 and Gabriel Macalaguim 34 to lead Orchard, which also drew 32 from Francis Lanuza and 28 from Jong Goo-kim.

Former US NCAA standout Jude Eustaquio fired 36 points and Inigo Raymundo accounted for 31 to lead Forest Hills.

This year’s Interclub is sponsored by Radio Mindanao Network, Asian Air Safari, and Vanguard Radio Network. Also extending support are ABS-CBN Global Ltd. (The Filipino Channel), Rolls Royce, Primax Broadcasting Network, UM Broadcasting Network (Mindanao), Fox Sports, Cignal TV, GECAS, Boeing, Lufthansa Technik AG, Manila Standard, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Dusit Thani Manila, and Casino Filipino. Official hotel is Quest Hotel Conference Center Cebu.

Day 4 complete scores:

CHAMPIONSHIP – Manila Southwoods 507 (125-116-131-135), Luisita 490 
(118-114-132-126), Del Monte 479 (122-121-117-119), Tagaytay Highlands 
464 (124-109-104-127)

FOUNDERS – Cebu Country Club 516 (124-121-131-140), The Orchard 482 
(121-110-122-129), Forest Hills 458 (110-113-117-118), Valley Golf CC 
439 (108-117-111-103), Apo Golf 429 (101-117-95-116), Riviera 427 
(112-115-104-96), Negros occidental 419 (106-91-113-109), Sherwood Hills 
390 (101-105-95-89), Southern California Redhawks 376 (93-100-88-95), 
FilAm Golf Tour 1 368 (87-84-99-98), Par 2000 312 (58-93-67-94)

AVIATOR – Club Filipino Inc de Cebu 409 (112-92-95-110), Alta Vista 393 
(103-97-92-101), Rancho Palos Verdes Team 1 390 (101-92-92-104), 
Villamor 386 (106-83-104-93), Eagle Ridge 386 (98-105-94-89), Zamboanga 
374 (94-82-103-95), Pueblo de Oro 373 (87-88-103-95), Sta Elena 365 
(97-94-89-85), Alabang 363 (86-96-94-87), Manila Golf 362 (93-81-91-97), 
Summit Point 361 (95-96-75-95), Rancho Palos Verdes Team 2 340 
(80-96-84-80), Iloilo 335 (100-79-71-85), Stanford 332 (78-85-96-93), 
Ream IMG Tagaytay Midlands 326 (82-81-87-76), Pearl Kai Hawaii 318 
(85-85-74-73), Brittannika 310 (84-74-89-63), Lumbia 301 (88-65-71-78), 
Engr and Architects 206 (64-49-53-40), Western Social 162 (61-68-0-33)

SPORTSWRITERS – Mactan Island 342 (92-80-86-84), Camp John Hay 339 
(81-89-90-79), Camp Evangelista 323 (81-74-76-92), fIl Am Fairfield 323 
(79-86-76-82), Bacolod 318 (70-82-88-78), Guinhalaran 313 (77-82-66-88), 
Up Tee Jots 299 (72-79-81-67), Filipino Golfers in the Middle East Dubai 
295 (68-75-61-91), Fil Am Hawaii 281 (61-83-48-89),Seattle 269 
(60-63-74-72), Bay Area 269 (77-72-63-57), PGA British Columbia 268 
(66-69-65-68), Sarangani 255 (75-71-55-54), Lanang 254 (56-67-61-70), 
Cattle Creek 229 (59-49-61-60), Cotabato 220 (47-78-49-46), Fil Am Golf 
Tour 2 212 (56-57-58-41), Green Tee Club Riyadh 178 (44-49-42-43), 
Greenhills West 171 (35-43-44-49), Greater Vancouver Golf Assoc 151 
(18-39-39-55)

FRIENDSHIP – Davao City Golf 306 (66-80-77-83), South Cotabato  Golf 288 
(71-78-65-74), Iligan 259 (73-69-64-53), SF Maharlika 257 (55-36-98-68), 
Silicon Valley 255 (73-55-66-61), Mactan Island 253 (58-56-72-67), 
Baguio 247 (75-59-58-55), San Juanico 241 (58-60-51-72), Mt Malindang 
236 (72-52-67-45), Sky West 234 (63-46-62-63), Pinoy Vancouver 231 
(63-60-58-50), MSU Golf 229 (60-57-52-60), Pittsburg Filam 218 
(58-53-57-50), New Zealand Black Tees 199 (55-45-56-43), Washington DC 
195 (50-59-37-49), Van City 194 (61-51-43-39), Fil Golfers in the Middle 
East UAE 193 (48-44-48-53), London Filipino Golfer Society 190 
(22-39-70-61), Mabuhay 186 (55-49-32-50), Yokohama Eagles 160 
(49-51-39-21), Fil Oz Sydney 117 (21-32-46-18)

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