CLARK Field, Pampanga – Jobim Carlos played according to pre-tournament hype, shooting a three-under-par 69 worth 39 points to power Canlubang to a one-point lead over defending champion Manila Southwoods at the start of the 69th PAL Interclub Men’s Championship on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Carlos, who is using this event as his final amateur event before joining the pro ranks next week, mixed six birdies with three bogeys at the picturesque Mountain View layout of the Mimosa to get the Sugar Barons off to a fiery start on a 138 total.
Young Aidric Chan pooled 34 points and Marco Olives assembled 33 for the Sugar Barons, who are making their first appearance in this tournament since 2011 and are looking to complete another Men’s-Senior’s double since 2010.
Abe Rosal fired 32 points and was the last player to count for Canlubang, which discarded the 31 of Carl Corpus under the five-to-play, four-to-count format.
Yuto Katsuragawa scored 38 points and national pool member Justin Quiban shot 37 as Southwoods tallied a 137 after getting 32 points from Chepe Dulay and 30 from he veteran Jun Jun Plana. Ivan Monsalve failed to count with 29.
“I just want to play well for my team,” Carlos, a member of that 2010 squad, said. “I have no aspirations for the individual award. Team comes first here.”
Orchard, the champion two years ago in Bacolod, opened with a 125 built around the 35 of Liam Cully, with Richard Joson and ex-pro Raymond Sangil counting with 31s.
Del Monte pooled 124 behind the 36 of Jelbert Gamolo and 32 of Mel Cubillo even as Luisita lay another point back at 120 after getting 31s from Koreans Tom Kim and Chan Jung Park.
Rodel Mangulabnan scored 28 and Orchard threw away the 27 of Jay Reyes.
Southwoods fielded its top two players in the 16-year-old Katsuragawa and the long-hitting Quiban but fell a tad short in the first round as action shifts to the shorter Acacia and Lake View nines on Thursday.
“This is a better lineup for us, but the team faces a stiff challenge with Canlubang around,” Thirdy Escano, Southwoods’ non-playing skipper, said.
With ex-pro turned businessman Gary Sales shooting 34 points, Villamor zoomed to a five-point lead over Forest Hills in the Founders Division, which also got going at the composite Acacia and Lake View nines.
Sales made his two birdies in the back nine and Villamor, which won in the Sportswriters Division 10 years ago, got 30 from Richard Delos Santos, 28 from Jun Bautista, 27 from JayJay Dinglasan before throwing away Jun Arceo’s 26 for 119.
Forest Hills, powered by the 35 points of Jude Eustaquio, has a four-point edge over Cebu Country Club, which got relegated to the lower division at the 11th hour.
JR Tanpinco assembled 35 points and Jaime Yusay backed him up with 31 as Negros Occidental GCC took a six-point lead over Manila Golf in the Aviators Division with a 121 total.
Matthew Lim shot 30 points and Ruchie Garcia and Jovanni Chuanso accounted for 29 each with Jojo Guingona contributing 27 to make for Manila Golf’s 115, three points up on Wack Wack, which got 31 points from Oliver Gan and 30 from Michael Lim.
The Interclub is sponsored by People Asia, Travelife, Mareco Broadcasting Network (Crossover), Manila Broadcasting Corporation, Airbus, Business Mirror and Philippine National Bank.
Other supporters are Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inquirer.net, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Tanduay Distillers, Asia Brewery, Splash Corporation, RFM Corporation, Goldilocks, Eastgate Publishing Corporation, Robinsons Land, TMC, Mastercard, Hytera and Rolls-Royce.
CHAMPIONSHIP- Canlubang 138, Manila Southwoods 137, The Orchard Golf 125, Del Monte 124, Luisita 120, Mimosa 118, Camp Evangelista 76, SF Crystal Spring, 68
FOUNDERS- Villamor Airbase 119, Forest Hills 114, Cebu Country Club 110, Socal Redhawk 110, Tagaytay Highland 103, Alabang Golf 102, Team Brookside 91, Fil-Am Hawaii 85, KGC Boys Club Melbourne 83, Fil-Am Fairfield 82, Bay Area Golf Org 74, Camp Aguinaldo 54, Pinoy YVR 44, RGC Riyadh 42, Leyte Golf 35, Greater YVR Golf Assoc 26
AVIATOR- Negros Occidental Golf & Country Club 121, Manila Golf 115, Wack Wack Golf and Country Club 112, Rancho Palos Verdes 109, Apo Golf and Country Club 108, Pueblo de Oro 98, Valley Golf and Country Club 108, Zamboanga Golf 107, Alta Vista Golf 99, Lumbia Golf 95, Davao City Golf 92, Eagle Ridge 91, Sherwood Hills Golf 89, Maharlika Golf 88, Riviera 87, Mactan Island Golf 85, Iloilo Golf and Country Club 81, Anvaya Cove Golf 73, Iligan Golf 71, Victorias Golf 58, Fil-Oz Sydney 58, Washington DC Golf 52, Philippine Golf Association 1- Riyadh 46, Green West Golf 45, PGA British Colombia 40
SPORTSWRITERS- Phil Navy 104, Saranggani 91, Sta Elena Golf 88, Camp John Hay 80, Club Filipino INC de Cebu 80, South Cotabato 77, Guinhalaran 76, San Juanico Golf 74, UP Tee Jots 73, Stanford Golf 72, Pearl Kay Hawaii 70, Van City 69, South Bay Golf 67, Green Tee Riyadh 64, Skywest 63, Cotabato Golf 61, Lanang Golf 60, Veterans 57, Pittsburg Fil-Am 55, Filipino Golfers in the ME- UAE 54, Seattle Golf Club 50, Silicon Valley Golfers 44, Melbourne Pinoy Golf 49, Yokohama Eagles 43
FRIENDSHIP-Bacolod Golf 67, Mabuhay Golf Club of SFO 66, MSU 65, Northgate Golf 64, Filipino Golfers in the Middle East 61, Baguio Country Club 56, MT Malindang 56, Filipino Golfers in the Middle East Abu Dhabi 48, FGA- Kuwait 38, Moffet Field 36