AFTER bagging the Senior’s division last Sunday, Canlubang is gearing up for another tough grind when the PAL Interclub Regular Men’s Championship tees off today at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club in Barangay Bata, Bacolod City.
The Sugar Barons are again playing the role of underdogs as they look forward for a sweep in this tournament.
“We don’t mind that at all,” swing coach Boyet Zaragoza said. “Being the underdog actually takes some of the pressure off us.”
Cangolf has also gone back to developing young talents but will be spearheaded by the most seasoned man in the amateur ranks in Rupert Zaragosa – Boyet’s talented son who has been the face of the Canlubang program for several years now.
What’s different from this year and the last – when Manila Southwoods ran roughshod over the field – is that Rupert’s back-up has had the past year to gain experience and develop the skill that it would take to return to the top of the hill.
“We have a great chance this year,” the elder Zaragosa said. “But of course, Southwoods is still the overwhelming favorite. They are a true powerhouse.”
Luis Castro and Jolo Magcalayo are being groomed to take over the younger Zaragosa when he turns pro, and the teenagers will be put to the test in the next four days against the best amateurs in the land.
Like in Senior’s division, Marapara will host the first and final rounds while Bacolod Golf and Country Club in Binitin (Murcia) for the middle two.
“I think that is where the tournament will be decided,” Boyet Zaragosa said. “You have to respect that course. It may be shorter, relatively, but the team that plays best there would most likely win this tournament.” (HGD)