BATANGAS Barakos slowed down at the at the Baguio Country Club course, scoring 97 points for a three-day total of 367 and a 27-point lead in Fil A even as Manila Southwoods tries to close in on the title in the premiere Fil Championship in the 68th Department of Tourism Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament.
The Barakos lead Team Surigao I (99-340) and San Miguel which shot the flight best 107 for 337 total.
In Am A, Royal Northwoods made 115 points for 316 to break the tie with Tiyo Paeng which scored 112 for a 313 total. Another three points down is Alaska Royalink which shot a flight best 119.
Baguio’s Team II earned additional points to widen its lead to 20 in Fil D.
Bernard Capuyan scored 25 points to pace the team’s 87 point production for a three day total of 275.
Noel Sebastian had 24 points, Richard Solang scored 21, while Peter Go had 18.
Uragun Golf B took second spot after a 78 and 255 total, four ahead of Pacific Rim which fired 73 points.
Bing Alcantara scored 26 points as Team Surigao submitted 89 for 271, to virtually clinch the Am D as title with a 36-point lead.
Cool Jocks made 74 and 235, while Uragun Golf A submitted 80 for 218 and third spot with a round remaining.
In the championship flight, Manila Southwoods’ youngest player Joo Hyung Kim says the battle is set to become tougher in the enxt days.
Southwoods is at 301, four points ahead of Forest Hills.
“Forget John Hay,” said the 15-year-old Kim, who played for Luisita in 2015. “It was just really the beginning to get the momentum as we go to BCC.”
“It will be tough. BCC is one tough course and we all know that. This is where the battle will take place,” he added.
Veteran Junjun Plana knows too well the long history of Southwoods which he joined in 1997 after The John Sobrepena-led group started the development of Camp John Hay. In 2007, down by 16 points after two rounds at CJH, Southwoods came back to wrest the title from Calatagan.
Day two saw Southwoods score 155 points, with Luigi Paolo Wong delivering his second four under round for 40 points. The 16-year old actually quit formal schooling to concentrate on his golf and he played for the national team in the Kuala Lumpur, Southeast Asian Games.
Wong who made five birdies and a single bogey on day two in a course he is so familiar with. BCC is also another home for this local pride, the first local to make it to the Fil Championship flight since Mars Pucay in the late 80s and early 90s.