CEBU CITY – Cebu Country Club drew a pair of 50 points from Nonoy Tirol and rookie Eric Deen on Wednesday to emerge as the surprise leader at the start of the 33rd Philippine Airlines Seniors Interclub golf team championships.
CCC collected 142 points at the Alta Vista Golf Club to open a three-point lead over defending champion Canlubang, Luisita and Del Monte, all tied with 138.
“We are ready to win,” declared Tirol, who made three birdies against five bogeys and a double bogey.
Tirol said the entry of Deen, a three-handicapper, and Jufil Sato have added depth to the team that won the Founders Division last year in Bacolod.
Deen, a member of the CCC squad that won the regular PAL Interclub crown in 2012, had three birdies against seven bogeys, outplaying flight mate Tommy Manotoc.
“It was a privilege playing with Tommy who is one of the best amateurs. He has so much talent,” said Deen. CCC’s third scorer was Korean Kim Kwang Seok who turned in 42 points.
The 69-year-old Manotoc, returning for Canlubang after an absence of two years, started with three straight double bogeys before playing the rest of the round at two-over.
He buried a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to salvage 46 points, his worst score ever at the Interclub.
Two other teammates – Rolly Viray and Zaldy Villa – also scored 46. Mari Hechanova made the turn at eight-over and did not count with 44 points.
Sixteen-time champion Luisita also struggled, typified by Eddie Bagtas’ 48 points that was marred by five three-putts.
Also scoring for Luisita were Rafael Raymundo and Luis Laureta who each had 45 points.
“We played badly. We wasted a lot of strokes. Hopefully, we get to play better tomorrow,” said Luisita non-playing captain Jeric Hechanova.
Del Monte made it a four-horse race behind Raul Minoza’s day-best 51 points.
Minoza, who used his driver four times, stayed away from trouble with one birdie against four bogeys.
Virgilio Adag and Arsenio Mondilla counted for Del Monte with 45 and 42, respectively.
In other divisions, Lanang led the Sportswriters Division with 111 points at the Club Filipino de Cebu while Winners Circle Golf Club of LAX paced the Friendship Division with 109 at Alta Vista.
This year’s Interclub is sponsored by Radio Mindanao Network, Asian Air Safari, and Vanguard Radio Network. Also extending support are ABS-CBN Global Ltd. (The Filipino Channel), Rolls Royce, Primax Broadcasting Network, UM Broadcasting Network (Mindanao), Fox Sports, Cignal TV, GECAS, Boeing, Lufthansa Technik AG, Manila Standard, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Dusit Thani Manila, and Casino Filipino. Official hotel is Quest Hotel Conference Center Cebu.
The partial results:
Championship – Cebu Country Club 142, Canlubang 138, Luisita 138, Del Monte 138
Sportswriter – Lanang 111, Davao City 108, Bay Area Golf Association Team 2 108, Baguio Country Club 106, South Bay Golf 104, Mactan Island 103, Fil-Am Fairfield 101, Camp Evangelista 98, Bacolod Golf 98, Iligan Golf 98, Lumbia 98, Paoay Golf 96, Taotaomona 95, Honolulu Country Club 91, Via Verde Los Angeles 88, SF Heritage 88, Green Hills West 88, Guam Seals 87, Bay Area Golf Association Team 1 87, Cotabato Golf 87, San Juanico Golf 86, Mt. Malindang 82, Parbreakers 78, Skywest Golf Club 73, Sienna Plantation 71, San Francisco East Bay 52
Friendship – Winners Circle Golf Club of LAX 109, Canphil Golf Association 108, Bay City Golf SF 104, EZ Par Golf Club 104, PGA-Qatar 99, MSU Marawi 98, Fort Bonifacio 95, Vancouver Golf of ABC 95, FilAm New Jersey 94, PhilAm Central Florida 92, PGA-British Columbia Team 1 92, Bennet Valley Golf Association 87, Eastridge 86, Guam Compadres 84, Pinoy Vancouver Team A 83, PGA-British Columbia Team 2 82, West Covina Warriors 80, Seattle Golf Club 79, Mabuhay Golf Club of SFO 78, Fil-Am SFO 76, Travelers Golf Club 76, Pittsburg FilAm Golf 75, San Francisco Alliance of Golfers 71, Moffet Field Golf Team 1 68, San Francisco Peninsula 65, Guam Seniors 64, Melbourne Pinoy Golf 61, Richmond Driving Range Golf Club 50