Cebuanos pull away-A A +A
Friday, March 1, 2013
TWO Cebu teams are on the brink of making a breakthrough going into the final day of the PAL Interclub men’s regular tournament at the Cebu Country Club (CCC) and Mactan Island Golf Club today.
Defending champion CCC banked on the solid showing of LJ Go for their 125 yesterday, padding the gap from the second placers to eight points. Carlo Almario and Gen Nagai had 31 points, while Andre Boromeo had 27 for CCC’s 125, and their three-day total of 375 (120- 130-125). Bayani Garcia, who had 32 points in Day 1, scored 23.
Today, CCC will field Ramontito Garcia, Eric Deen, Nagai, Mark Dy and Marko Sarmiento, who led the club with 34 points in the second round.
Erstwhile second placer Del Monte dropped to third place after a 117 yesterday put them at 364 (119-128-117), allowing Alabang to take second place at 367 (117-128-122).
AR Ramos led Alabang with 34, while Justin Quiban had 31. Andres Saldana and Dax Garcia had 30 and 27 points, respectively. Alabang is expected to make a final chase against CCC and will be fielding Keanu Jahns today along with Gabriel Manotoc, Jama Reyes, Santiago Lorenzo and Ramos. Jahns, a Filipino-German, had a tournament-best 39 points in the second round.
On the other hand, Francis Morillo had the best round for Del MOnte with 31 points, while Jelbert GAmolo and Noel Langamin had 29 each. Leonardo Lofranco scored 28 points for last year’s runner-up, who are now 12 points away from the lead.
In the Sportswriters Division, Raymond Garcia capped another solid day, scoring 27 points to lead Club Filipino to maintain their first place with 298 (99-100-99) at the CCC layout.
Evans Tumaliwanan had 25 points, while Shotaru Shuda and Victor Yuvallos had 24 and 21 points, respectively.
They are eight points clear of first-day leader Zamboanga 290 (108-83-99) and Garcia says he’s confident the team will win the division.
“Our captain had a very simple stragety, the regulars at CCC played at CCC, while the regulars at Mactan were assigned there,” Garcia said.
Club Filipino, which is playing in the Sportswriters division for the first time this year, started at fourth place but got the lead after scoring 100 in the second round at Mactan, while the rest stumbled in the low 80s.
They will field Suda, Fernando Mondares, Jufil Sato, Teodoro Almario and Hospicio Razon in the final round at Mactan today.
Sarangani 288 (103-87-98), is at third place, while Mactan had a disastrous third round with an 84 for 270 points.
Mactan could have been running for third but Nilo Seno, who had 22 points, got disqualified and Raymundo Elefante’s six points was counted for the team’s 84 in the third round. Andrew Canete led the team with 30 points, while Boyet Dizon and Marlo Cugtas had 28 and 20 points respectively.
In the Founders Division, Alta Vista Golf and Country Club had another slow day, churning out 93 points at the Mactan ISland Golf and Country club for ninth place.
AVGC is at 302 (100-109, 93) was led by Wei Wei Gaw, who had 27 points. Vic Gocela scored 23, while Avelino Zambo Jr. and Dennis Canoy had 22 and 21 points.
The team is 38 points behind leader Orchard 340 (114-118-108), and 35 points behind second placer Southwoods 337 (105-123-109).
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 02, 2013.