CEBU Country Club completed a wire-to-wire triumph to score back-to-back titles in the men’s Interclub golf championship on Saturday on its home turf.
Mark Dy fired a two-under-par 70 worth 38 points and the next three scorers all chipped in 30 or more in a closing 132 that gave the Cebuanos a 507 total and a 16-point victory over a young Alabang side.
Marko Sarmiento scored 33 points, skipper Ramontito Garcia accounted for 31 and Eric Deen had 30 to complete scoring for Cebu CC. Japanese teenager Gen Nagai scored a 28 that did not count.
Del Monte returned 121 points built around Lawrence Cubillo’s 34 and wound up third, six points behind Alabang, which clearly stood out as the surprise package of the tournament, especially with Keanu Jahns breaking par for the second straight round at the tough Cebu CC.
Jahns scored a 40 and Jama Reyes contributed 31 points as the Muntinlupa-based squad shot 125 points for a 491 overall that announced the team’s rise as a legitimate force in the country’s unofficial team championship.
“This is very sweet… back-to-back for the first time,” Garcia said.
Sta. Elena drew 37 points from Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia but had dismal contributions from the others to check in with a fourth round 105 and finish fourth at 383.
Cebu CC broke away from a tight tournament on the third day, when LJ Go, a 17-year-old awaiting a golf scholarship at Seton Hall in the United States, led a thorough taming of Mactan Island Golf Club on Friday that opened up a nine-point lead.
The champs actually had a tough start, shooting just 120 points on Wednesday at Mactan.
Dy, who failed to count with 26 points in the opening round at Mactan on Wednesday, had four birdies in the finest final round effort of his Interclub career, which could come to an end next week as he tries to qualify for the Philippine Golf Tour in Tagaytay.
Gabriel Manotoc contributed 28 points for Alabang, which counted the 26 of AR Ramos.
Ramos was the leading scorer for Alabang at Mactan on Friday with 34 but couldn’t get it going on Saturday.
Reymon Jaraulla scored 31 and Magno Arancon and Jets Sajulga contributed 29 and 27 points, respectively, for 2011 winner Del Monte in the tournament sponsored by the Department of Tourism, 105.1 Crossover, Solar Sports, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, 92.3 FM Radyo 5, Araneta Coliseum and AXN. Major sponsors are Airbus, Manila Broadcasting Corporation, Philippine Broadcasting Network, People Asia, Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror and ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel, with corporate sponsors Radisson Blu Hotel, Shangri-La Resort & Spa, Boeing, Inquirer Golf Magazine, Philippines Graphic and Manila Bulletin.