MARAPARA and Binitin, old layouts in Bacolod that vary very much in character but offer the same stern tests of golf, will host the 71st edition of the PAL Senior’s and Men’s Regular Interclub championships starting on March 1.
Luisita and Manila Southwoods shoot to extend their respective reigns in the Senior’s and Men’s divisions of the country’s unofficial team golf championship at the courses now known as the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club and the Bacolod Golf and Country Club, respectively.
The men’s championship have a Sunday finish this year as tournament organizers have decided to give the field three official practice rounds leading to the opening skirmishes on March 8.
Jaime J. Bautista, the indefatigable president of the country’s flag carrier, is expected to hit the ceremonial drive and signal the start of Senior play on Feb. 26 at Marapara.
Canlubang is expected to be the chief threat to Luisita even if the multi-titled Tommy Manotoc is again expected to miss play owing to family commitments in the United States.
The Senior field will also have three days to practice on both courses, though early reports have it that the Luisitans have already come over to test both layouts.
Southwoods will come into the event as the heavy favorite, more so because Japanese teenager Yuto Katsuragawa has confirmed that he will return to play for the Carmona-based squad.