MANILA Southwoods came up with 127 points, its lowest in the tournament but still too much for its rivals as the team finished 35 points ahead of Ventureslink-AAV Builders Robros to win the Fil Championship of the San Miguel Fil-Am Invitational golf tournament on Saturday at Baguio Country Club.
Thirty points clear after three days, Southwoods turned the final round into a virtual practice session, attacking the pins to come up with the day’s best score.
Justin Quiban closed out with a second straight 34 under the Stableford scoring system at BCC, Chepe Dulay added a 32 and Yuto Katsuragawa and Tonlits Asistio chipped in 31 and 30 points, respectively, as Manila Southwoods had a 542 aggregate.
The Carmona-based squad opened with a four-point lead over San Miguel after a 144 at Camp John Hay then padded it to 13 points despite slowing down with a 142.
“I am thankful for the boys for delivering what was expected of them. I have so much confidence in them and they rewarded me with this victory,” said team captain Thirdy Escaño, a member of the last Southwoods champion squad in 2009.
Rupert Zaragosa matched Quiban’s 34, Ricar Cadinato made a 33 and Ariel Villacencio and Teody Pascual scored 28 and 27, respectively, for Ventureslink, which snatched runner-up honors with a 507 after a 122.
Quiban also topped the individual competition, edging Zaragosa by one, 147-146, to complete Manila Southwoods’ sweep.
“Justin is the newest addition to the Southwoods team. I am happy and proud of his performance this week,” said Escano of his prized find.
San Miguel Corp. and last year’s champion Mizuno Superstars shot identical 116s and finished tied for third at 496, while Che’lus I made a 107 for a 475 and ended up fifth in the 72-hole tournament
San Miguel took the third spot after the tiebreaker as fifth man Eddie Bagtas shot better than Mizuno’s Ace Stehmeier, 26-24.
Katsuragawa finished third with a 138 while Raymund Sangli of Mizuno Superstars and Louie Sunga of Che’lus I placed fourth and fifth with 133 and 132, respectively, in the tournament presented by San Miguel Corp., by hole-in-one sponsor Toyota, supported by San Miguel Lifestyle Brews, Magnolia Ice Cream, Magnolia Purewater, Petron, San Miguel Global Power, G&W Clubshares, Club Malarayat, South Forbes, Baguio Country Club, Camp John Hay Golf Club, The Manor at Camp John Hay, The Forest Lodge, Camp John Hay Development Corp., Farmers Coffee, Megafiber, Wilson Sports, Rudy Project, Le Chef at The Manor, The Turf Company, GPS Tracker, Pacsports, Ayala Land Premier and RizGolf Sports Marketing.