CLARK, Angeles – Eddie Bagtas fired 50 points as Luisita hiked its lead over defending champion Canlubang by four to 12 points halfway through the 30th Philippine Airlines Senior Interclub golf team championships on Friday.
Bagtas, who topped the individual race last year in Cebu City, had one birdie against five bogeys to lead Luisita at the Acacia and Lakeside composite course of the Mimosa Golf and Country Club.
Benjamin Sumulong, playing for Luisita for the first time, birdied the closing ninth hole for 48 points while Herminio Maravilla rounded out the scoring with 44.
Bong Sison signed a wrong scorecard and was promptly disqualified.
Luisita has a two-day total of 288 points and non-playing captain Jeric Hechanova has hinted at a possible reshuffle of lineup to ensure victory.
Canlubang, which had a history of come-from-behind wins in this event, failed to cut down the overnight eight-point lead of Luisita despite a 51 points from Tommy Manotoc built around three birdies against six bogeys.
No other Canlubang player, however, scored better than 44.
Rolly Viray had a tough day, posting 44 points while rookie Zaldy Villa had an embarrassing finish, needing five blasts to get out of the greenside bunker on the final hole. He picked up and limped home with 43 points.
Tony Olives did not count for the second straight day with 41.
“We better do something on Saturday, hopefully reduce the deficit to six or seven,” Olives said.
While Luisita and Canlubang fight it out in the championship division, Mimosa continued its remarkable play in the Founders division.
The host club collected 140 points from Enrico Santos (49), Noel Yamzon (48) and Danny Abad (43) to improve to 289, a point better than Luisita.
Mimosa moved into a good position to become the first team outside the championship division to win the Interclub.
Ramontito Garcia shot the day’s best score – 53 points – to lead Cebu Country Club into second place behind Mimosa with 275 points. Third was Orchard with 266.
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.