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    Cebu Country Club leaves top PAL Interclub favorites in the shade

    Mar 7, 2019

    CEBU— Jovencio Lusterio fired a one-under-par 71 for 37 points on Thursday as Del Monte grabbed a two-point lead over Manila Southwoods in the Championship bracket even as the 72nd PAL Interclub took a new twist with Founders Division entry Cebu Country Club taking the overall lead.

    Del Monte tallied 121 on a demanding day at Mactan Island Golf Club, opening the door for Cebu CC, which is playing in the lower division, to grab the overall lead after mirroring its 121 output for a 245 aggregate, a point ahead of the Bukidnon-based squad.

    Cebu CC and Orchard, which is running second in the Founders with 231 points, now join the top two teams in the Championship division in the pairings in the third round on Friday, also at Mactan, attempting a feat only done once before in the event's 72-year history.

    Back in 1988, an Aguinaldo team made up of former Asian Games gold medalist Ramon Brobio, Bong Lopez and Thirdy Escano and skippered by Buddy Resureccion, ruled the Interclub at the old Club Filipino de Cebu while playing in the Founders Division.

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    Southwoods got a level 36 from Aidric Chan and missed grabbing a share of the Championship lead after Jae Hyun Jung was penalized two points for holing out for double bogey.

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    The Carmona-based squad, seeking to win this event for the fifth straight year, was held to 118 for 241 - four points behind Cebu.

    Tagaytay Highlands, the surprise first-round leader, stumbled to third spot after a measly second-round 109 despite getting a tournament best 40 points from Jolo Magcalayo.

    Highland’s undoing was failing to get anyone to solidly back up Magcalayo, with the next best score being the 24 of Lisandro Opulencia.

    Luisita continued to bring up the rear of the compact Championship field after a 114, 11 points off the pace.

    “Things like this happen,” Escano, now Southwoods’ non-playing skipper, said of the second bad round of his charges. “We are now due for two good rounds. I’m not worried.”

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    Noel Langamin accounted for 34, Joel Bernaldez 27 and Crispin Aparilla 23 to complete scoring for Del Monte, which threw away the 20 of Julius Langamin.

    Masaichi Otake matched Jung’s 28 and the veteran Jun Jun Plana contributed 26 for Southwoods, which discarded the 25 of Sean Ramos.

    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.

    Complete results after two rounds:

    CHAMPIONSHIP – Del Monte 243 (122-121), Manila Soutwoods 241 (125-116), Tagaytay Highlands 233 (124-109), Luisita 232 (118-114)

    FOUNDERS – Cebu Country Club 245 (124-121), The Orchard 231 (121-110), Riviera Golf 227 (112-115), Valley Golf 225 (108-117), Forest Hills 223 (110-113), Apo Golf and Country Club 218 (101-117), Sherwood Hills 206 (101-105), Negros Occidental 197 (106-91), Southern California Redhawks 193 (93-100), Fil Am Golf Tour 1 171 (87-84), Par 2000 151 (58-93)

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    SPORTSWRITERS – Mactan Island 172 (92-89), Camp John Hay 170 (81-89), Fil Am Fairfield 165 (79-86), Guinhalaran 159 (77-82), Camp Evangelista 155 (81-74), Bacolod 152 (70-82), Up Yee Jots 161 (72-79), Bay Area 149 (77-72), Sarangani 146 (75-71), Fil Am Hawaii 144 (61-83), Filipino Golfers in the Middle East Dubai 143 (68-75), PGA British Columbia 135 (66-69), Cotabato 125 (47-78), Lanang 123 (56-67), Seattle 123 (60-63), Fil Am Golf Tour 2 113 (56-57), Cattle Creek 108 (59-49), Green Tee Club Riyadh 93 (44-49), Geen Hills West 78 (35-43), Greater Vancouver Golf Assoc 57 (18-39)

    FRIENDSHIP – South Cotabato 149 (71-78), Davao City Golf 146 (66-80), Iligan 142 (73-69), Baguio 134 (75-59), Silicon Valley 128 (73-55), Mt Malindang 124 (72-52), Pinoy Vancouver 123 (63-60), San Juanico 118 (58-60), MSU Golf 117 (60-57), Mactan Island 114 (58-56), Van City 112 (61-51), Pittsburg Filam 111 (58-53), Washington DC 109 (50-59), Sky West 109 (63-46), Mabuhay Golf SFO 104 (55-49), Yokohama Eagles 100 (49-51), New Zealand Black Tees 100 (55-45), Fil Golfers in thMiddle East UAE 92 (48-44), SF Maharlika 91 (55-36), London Filipino Golfers Society 59 (22-39), Fil Oz Sydney 53 (21-32)

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    AVIATOR – Club Filipino Inc de Cebu 204 (112-92), Eagle Ridge 203 (98-105), Alta Vista 200 (103-97), Rancho Palos Verdes Team 1 193 (101-92), Sta Elena 191 (97-94), Summit Point 191 (95-96), Villamor Air Base 189 (106-83), Alabang 182 (86-96), Iloilo 179 (100-79), Rancho Palos Verdes Team 2 176 (80-96), Zamboanga 176 (94-82), Pueblo de Oro 175 (87-88), Manila Golf 174 (93-81), Pearl Kai Hawaii 171 (85-86), Team IMG Tagaytay Midlands 163 (82-81), Brittannika 158 (84-74), Lumbia 153 (88-65), Stanford 143 (78

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