Luisita reclaims PAL golf seniors division crown-A A +A
Monday, February 24, 2014
BACOLOD CITY—Luisita foiled Canlubang’s four-peat bid in the 21st Philippine Airlines Seniors Interclub golf team championship Sunday by outscoring its great rival at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club (NOGCC).
Francis Gaston led Luisita with 51 points, but credited the victory to teammate Bong Sison, who matched the 50 points of flightmate Rolly Viray of Canlubang.
“Bong did well against Viray. I think that was the key,” said Gaston.
Luisita won three of the four matchups with Canlubang.
Gaston nipped reigning national seniors champion Abe Avena by two, while Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia tallied 46 points to beat Mari Hechanova by two.
Luisita’s Iggy Clavecilla did not count again with 42, but can take pride in beating Canlubang counterpart Sasa Mazakazu by eight points.
The Tarlac-based squad scored 147 points to finish the four-round event with 564 points, two points ahead of Canlubang.
It was one of the closest winning margins in Interclub history.
Canlubang could not hold on to its two-point overnight lead, collecting just 143 points.
“We’re happy because we won again. Even if this comes every four years,” Gaston said.
The last time Luisita won the Interclub was in 2010 also at the NOGCC.
In an exciting battle for third place, Manila Golf leaned on OV Espiritu’s 52 points to pip Orchard by one point.
Manila Golf rallied with 140 points to nip Orchard by a point with 536. OV Espiritu led Manila Golf with 52 points while Jaime Fernandez and Alex Prieto added 45 and 43, respectively.
Orchard settled for fourth while Cebu Country Club came in fifth.
In the Founders division, NOGCC Marapara held off Alta Vista to win by three points.
Lito Ong fired 42, Jude Doctora shot 41 and Chito Garcia added 36 as Marapara finished with 119 for 511.
Alta Vista sizzled for 132 points with Razie Razon turning in 49 and Emir Abutazzil chipping in 45.
Third place went to Riviera Golf which assembled 504. Scoring for Riviera were Efren Alvez 46, Monching del Rosario 44 and Bert Rapadas 42.
This year's Interclub is being co-sponsored by CrossOver with Boeing, Philippines Graphic, Stargate Media (People Asia) and Rogue as corporate backers. Also lending support are Airbus, Business Mirror, One Mega Group (Travel Now), Philippine Broadcasting Corporation, Manila Broadcasting Corporation, Petron and Manila Bulletin.
The partial results:
Championship: Luisita 564, Canlubang 562, Manila Golf 536, Orchard 535, Cebu CC 529, Camp John Hay 442, Club 1872 Los Angeles 339, Camp Evangelista 292, Pittsburgh 252 Founders: Nog CC-Marapara 511, Alta Vista 508, Riviera 504, Wack Wack 497, Villamor 492, Eagle Ridge 489, Forest Hill 477, Valley Golf 476, Pueblo De Oro 475, Apo Golf 469, Veterans 469, Fil-Am Hawaii 468, So Cal Redhawk 462, Phil Navy 458, Del Monte 453, Lanang 452, Rancho Palos Verdes 441, Zamboanga Golf 420, Chamorro 415, Davao City Golf 414, Baguio Country Club 365. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 24, 2014.