PAL Interclub leader Orchard finds an unlikely challenger in Wack Wack after Day One
Kristoffer Arevalo made three birdies against a lone bogey for Orchard.

CEBU CITY – Defending champion Orchard Golf and Country Club opened a five-point lead over Wack Wack Golf Club on Wednesday at the start of the 68th Philippine Airlines Interclub golf team championships.

Kristoffer Arevalo, a 15-year-old former world junior champion, made three birdies against a single bogey to lead Orchard's first-day charge with 38 points.

“I was nervous, but I thought I played well,” said Arevalo who had eight birdie chances inside 12 feet in the last nine but made only one.

Raymond Sangil and JP de Claro each had 32 points while Ace Stehmeier added 27 for a first-round total of 129. Eric Borromeo, the fifth player, was disqualified for signing the wrong scorecard.

It’s a good start, according to Sangil.

“But I believe the tournament will be won at the Club Filipino de Cebu,” said Sangil.

A surprise second was Wack Wack which drew 114 points from Samuel Sy (33), Elphege Wong (31), Tommy Manotoc (30) and Garry Uy (30).

Manila Southwoods took third spot with 120 points behind Justin Quiban (32), Ryu Ken Yasuma (32), Antonio Asistio (31) and Theody Pascual (25).

A point behind was Del Monte Golf Club which drew 32 from Noel Langamin and  three 29s from Rodelo Dalimoos, Patrick Fudolin and Janzen Morilla.

Host CCC had a bad start with 111 points. Scorers were Harvey Sytiongsa (30), Kiyofumi Takahashi (29), Montito Garcia (28) and Carl Almario (24).

In the Founders division also played at CCC, Villamor drew a pair of 33s from Richard delos Santos and Garry Sales.

Villamor amassed 121 points to edge Tagaytay Highlands by a single point with Club Filipino de Cebu in third spot with 119. Alabang Country Club was fourth with 118 and Valley Golf fifth with 116.

Hotel H20, Travelife, Boeing International Corp., Business Mirror and GE Aviation are sponsoring the PAL Interclub Seniors and Regular Men’s events. Other backers include Mareco Broadcasting Network (Crossover), People Asia Magazine, Whealth Inc., Aerospace, Uniglobe Travelware Co. Inc., Tanduay Distillers and Intercontinental Manila.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The scores:

Championship Orchard 129, WackWack 124, Manila Southwoods 120, Del Monte 119, Cebu 111, Camp Evangelista 107, Forest Hills 103, Royal Northwoods 96, Fil-Am Fairfield 87, Veterans 74, Camp Aguinaldo 61, Figme 43

 
Founders Villamor 121, Tagaytay Highlands 120, Club Filipino de Cebu 119, Alabang 118 Valley Golf 116, Negros 112, Davao 110, Eagle Ridge 109, Apo Golf 108, Manila Golf 107, Alta Vista 106, Riviera 104, Rancho Palos Verdes 104, Iloilo 97, Lumbia 94, Iligan Golf 91, Pueblo de Oro 87, Zamboanga 85
 
Sportswriter Socal Red Hawk 107, Fil Am Hawaii 100, Camp John Hay 96, Mactan Island 93, Victorias Golf 88, PGA British Columbia 88, Bay Area 88, SFO Maharlika 86,Stanford 82, UP tee Jots 82, Sta Elena 82, Sarangani 82, Guinhalaran 81, Green Tee Riyadh 81, Fil Oz Sydney 81, South Cotabato 79, Cotabato 78, Sherwood Hills 77, Lanang 75, Greater Vancouver Golf Assoc 74,  Philippine Navy 73, Pearl Kai Hawaii 72, San Juanico 70, Seattle 66, Greenhills West 64, Bacolod 64, South Bay 60, Team Leyte 52, Figme UAE 51, Filipino Golfers Assoc Kuwait 44, MT Malindang 43, Northgate 40, 
 
Friendship Figme Dubai 83, Van City Golf 79, Brotherhood Sharp 79, Mabuhay Golf Club San Francisco 69, MSU 68, Skywest 64, Pittsburg Fil Am 62, SFO Crystal Spring 62, Austral Asian Golf Melbourne 57, Baguio 50, Yokohama Eagles 50, Moffet Field 41 

Follow the writer on Twitter: @spinph