Corpuz scores ace, regulars take centerstage

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Monday, December 2, 2013


DARIUS Corpuz became the first car winner in the longest and biggest amateur golf tournament in the country when he aced the 10th hole of the Baguio Country Club as the regular division of the 64th San Miguel Fil-Am Invitational Monday formally took off.

The ace of Corpuz overshadowed the auspicious start of Team Surigao II which took a nine point lead in Fil-B.

Corpuz, of the Fil-Am League of Golfers of Chicago used a Titleist Provi IX and a 6-iron at the 168 yard 10th hole as a gallery of viewers from the club's veranda cheered.

Corpuz, who will take home the dark grey Toyoto Vios, made 31 points and led his team to the lead in Fil C as well.

The team got 29 from Herjojo Simbulan, a 27 from Honeyboy Pabonito and 18 from Randy Arrojo for 105 and a 16 point lead in the flight.

Greenwater Meadows hot 29 from Douglas for the team's 89 and second spot. That is two up on two teams, Guam Kool Swingers and PhilCan Toronto.

This as Surigao had five of its players scoring 25 and above at the start of hostilities in the regular side of the Fil-Am.

Ed Lopez led Surigao with 28, a pair of 26s from Martin Guiang and Bing Alcantara and the 25s from former Department of Tourism secretary Ace Barbers and Benny Hurtado, one of which did not count in the five to play, four to count event backed by Toyota, Wilson Sports, Rudy Project, Empire Golf and Sports Shop, Pacsport and Mega Fiber.

With the 27 of Dennis Nicomedes, the 26 of Rey Talatala and the pair of 23s from Roger Crespo and August Cruz, Ultra Flite GC I is nine shots down with 96.

Bobby Inigo had a 26 to lead Haciendas de Naga with 89 and third spot and one up on Batman.

Buddy Zapat opened with a 29 and led Rural Bankers I to 105 and a one shot lead in Am B at the Camp John Hay golf course.

With the 27 of Pelagio Alcantara, the 25 of Efren Leonardo and 24 of Oscar Clemente, the bankers led Benlife II by one. Benlife had 27s from three of its players: Allen Santos, Doy Mercado and Chez Roque.

Actor Tonton Gutierrez made 28 points and led Ultra Flite I with 100 which is good for third spot.

Paolo Wong had a 28 and led Baguio Country Club to 96 and the lead in Am C.

Jeff Razon added 27, Chris Bautista and Paeng Ding had a pair of 20 for the team, while Earle Farrel made 19 and did not count.

Jomar Espanola made 26 points to lead Team Surigao I to 91 and one up on third ranked Team Na Koa.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 03, 2013.

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