CLARK, Angeles – Luisita Golf Club rode on the sterling efforts of rookies Jingy Tuason and Chito Laureta to take an eight-point lead over defending champion Canlubang in the 30th Philippine Airlines Senior Interclub golf team championships on Thursday.
The Tarlac-based squad collected 146 points at the Mountainview course, the tougher of two courses utilized for the event.
Tuason, 55, made only one birdie, but stayed out of trouble to score the best round of three-over par 75, good for 51 points.
The 56-year-old Laureta, on the other hand, had a roller-coaster round of three birdies against three bogeys and two double bogeys for 50 points.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Richie Garcia was the other scorer with 45 points. Pepot Iñigo’s 43 points did not count under the four-to-play, three-to-count format.
Luisita non-playing captain Jeric Hechanova said they are happy to be leading, “but there are three more rounds left.”
Canlubang, which mauled Luisita by 17 points last year in Cebu City, started with 138 points, its campaign hurt by a two-point infraction slapped against Abe Avena.
Avena made a long par putt on the third hole with the aid of an umbrella.
“I didn’t notice the caddie who held the umbrella,” said Avena who nevertheless posted the team’s best score – 47 points.
Dave Hernandez finished badly with 46 points after making the turn at one-over par while Mari Hechanova rounded out Canlubang’s scoring with 45 points.
Tony Olives, who replaced Rene Unson at the last minute, failed to count with 43 points.
Unson had to be brought back to the hotel following a bout with vertigo, according to Canlubang captain Luigi Yulo.
The 69th PAL 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 and Rolls-Royce.