Mendoza: Why Cebu CC remains PAL golf top pick

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Monday, February 17, 2014


EVEN as the Seniors side of the 67th PAL Golf Interclub is scheduled to blast off a couple days or so from today, the talk still swirls around whether Cebu Country Club will retain the Men’s Regular crown or not.

Cebu CC’s parbusters won in Cebu last year and that victory was largely credited to the winners’ familiarity of course.

But then, consider the fact, too, that in winning the 66th edition last year of the country’s oldest team championship, Cebu’s pride made a rare repeat of their 2012 triumph in Davao.

Likewise, in fashioning out the rare back-to-back feat in 2013, Cebu CC stood proud of its accomplishment as it validated its furious program of golf development anchored on discovering fresh talents from the region’s teenage ranks.

This year, Cebu is smarting from losing two of its mainstays in 2013 as it starts defense of its crown almost a week from now.

Mark Dy and Lloyd Jefferson Go will not be around when the Cebuanos gun for a third straight Men’s Regular crown set Feb. 26 to March 1 in Bacolod.

“But we still have the eight teammates of Dy and Go,” said Jeric Hechanova, Cebu CC’s operations chief. “But their replacements are as good as the regulars.”

Jeric, who will debut in the Seniors tournament as a player this year, has lost Dy to the pro ranks and Go to a golf scholarship to the US.

“But our defending champions will still have a strong chance of winning as the grass and the greens at Cebu Country Club are similar to Marapara and Binitin (the two courses in Bacolod),” said Jeric.

Back into the CCC lineup this year are playing captain Ramontito Garcia, Gen Nagai, Jovi Neri, Carl Almario, Marko Sarmiento, Andre Borromeo, Erik Deen and Bayani Garcia.

Cebuanos are perennially known as pugnacious parbusters, including Nimrod “Nim” Quinonez, the former sports/managing editor of The Freeman who is now general manager of Alta Vista.

To me, Alta Vista is the most beautiful golf course in the Visayas and is a must-play layout when one is in Cebu. That is why, God willing, I am playing there on Wednesday with Toyota/Lexus bigwigs.

See you around, Pareng Nim?

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 18, 2014.

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