Mizuno opens with one shot lead

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

MIZUNO Superstars opened their title bid in the 64th San Miguel Fil-Am Men’s Invitational at the Baguio Country Club with a one shot lead over defending champion Forest Hills as action gets going in the premiere Fil Championship division got going Tuesday.

Bacolod ace amateur Justin Limjap came up with huge 32 Molave points to tow the team’s output of 123 at the short and trickier BCC layout that also saw Raymond Sangil firing away 31 while Stehmeier brothers Ace and skipper King registered 30 each.

Mainstay Rodel Mangulabnan could not get his game going and did not count for last year’s runner up in the five-to-play, four-to-count format.

“We are lucky to be in the lead. BCC’s course is really a difficult course to play. Here, it is important to hit the greens with consistency to be able to have birdie opportunities. That will be the team’s goal in the second round,” King Stehmeier said.

Though down by only one on 122 points, Forest Hills’ relatively new players kept in step with nice rounds than that of its rival Mizuno. Captain Raffy Garcia said he’s happy with the team’s score in the opening round.

“We exceeded our target here at BCC which is 120 points. We’re okay with it since we are only one behind from the leader,” Garcia said.

Tonlits Asistio, a former national team member, put on board a 31 to help Team Sparta to vault to third place with 117. Erwin Temeña with 30, Rading Decepida with 29 and Alex Ignacio with 27 were the other scorers.

Fil-Am’s multi titled Manila Southwoods,, tallied 107. Junjun Plana paced with 28 and was backed by the 27 of Manfred Guangko and 26s of Ferdie Agustin and Teody Pascual.

The second unit of Mizuno also floundered in the Am Championship division with 119, spearheaded by Tonito Payumo’s 35, for a one-shot edge off Batangas Barakos 117. Northwoods Pacsports checked in at third with 114 followed by Che’Lus at 109.

Aside from Payumo’s hot round, Joaquin Tolentino, plus Davaoeños Raymond Bunquin and Denden de Castro poured in 28s for Mizuno’s119 at the longer par-69 course of the nearby Camp John Hay Golf Club.

Jun Arceo signed for an even par 36 points for the Batangas Barakos. Gerald Katigbak, Howie Sison and Rudy Amata all turned in 27s.

At the forefront of the Northwood Pacsports’ attack was Nicholas Santiano’s 31. Dennis Gonzales contributed 30, Von Sarmiento had 27 and Richard Joson made 26. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 04, 2013.


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