CCC fumbles on Day 1

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Thursday, February 27, 2014


BACOLOD—Cebu Country Club's quest for a third straight title in the PAL Interclub men's regular championship started on a sour note as the defending champion stumbled to third place on the first day at the Bacolod Golf Course with 115 points.

Teenager Gen Nagai had the best round with 34 points, while newcomver Harvey Sytiongsa had 29 points. Carl Almario, who is nursing an injured back and returning Kiyofumi Takahsahi both had 26, while Jovi Neri's 25 wasn't counted.

Orchard took the lead with 129 points, owing to a solid 35 from John Abdon, while Raymund Sangil had 33. Nicolas Santiago and Antonio Payumo had 28 and 24 points, respectively.

Del Monte, which is always a solid contender, is four points away at second place.

Jelber Gamolo and Magno Alarcon led the team with 35 and 33 points, while Julius Bautista and Francis Morilla had 30 and 27 points.

Alabang is at fourth place with 109 points.

But, despite looking at a 14-point deficit, CCC is still upbeat on its chances to win the crown.

"We are hoping we can do better tomorrow (today) because we are going to field our strongest lineup," said Neri, who is one of the veterans of the team.

The team will be fielding Montito Garcia, Marko Sarmiento, Andre Borroemo and Bayani Garcia in the second round at the Negros Occidental Golf COurse. The fifth player will be a tossup beween Neri and Eric Deen.

Bayani and Marko have had success in there as jun golfers and Montito also had a good showing there during the Seniors tournament," said Neri.

Montito had an even par 72 for CCC in the Seniors Division last week. That counted at 55 points in the Seniors division and would have been a solid 36 points in the men's regular tournament.

“Kaya pa ang 14 points, even Del Monte and Alabang are still in it. The tide can still turn,” said Neri.

In the Founders Division, Mactan Island and Alta Vista had a bad day and languished at the bottom.

Mactan Island scored 93 points, with Gerardo Catindoy having the best round of 27.
Hasegawa Hiroyuki had 25 points, while Armand Guangko and Romeo Poquiz had 23 and 18 for the team, which is at 14th place after Day 1.

Alta Vista is at 16th place with 87 points. Wewei Gao and Sir Cross Abarintos led the team with 25 points, while Charlie Gaite had 20 and Luis Antonio Pastoriza had 17.

Valley Golf leads the division with 114, just four ahead of Apo Golf. Zamboanga and Manila Southwoods are tied for third with 106, while Ranchos Palos and Tagaytay Highlands are tied with 103.

In the sportswriters division, Club Filipino finished at fourth place with 99 points in the first day, 10 of first-round leaders Lumbia.

Hospicio Razon led the team with 28 points, while Peter Militante had 26. Baltaire Balangauan had 24 and Ted Almario chipped in 23.

Lumbia paces the division with 109 points, eight ahead of Eagle Ridge and nine ahead off Iloilo Golf.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 27, 2014.

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