CEBU CITY – Canlubang padded its lead to three points on Saturday after outduelling defending champion Luisita in the third round at the Club Filipino de Cebu course in Danao.
The Sugar Barons saw former pro Eddie Bagtas once again sizzle for Luisita, but drew solid performances from three players to remain in the lead going to the final round at the Mactan Island Golf Club.
Rene Unson, a 61-year-old lawyer businessman, led Canlubang with an eagle-aided 48 points while Dave Hernandez and Luigi Yulo added 47 and 40 points, respectively. Tony Olives did not count with 38.
Unson found the cup from 60 yards on the third hole using a sand wedge for the eagle that gave him five Molave points. Otherwise, he had a forgettable round marred by one pickup and five bogeys.
Bagtas, pressing his bid for the individual crown, shot a two-over par 73 for 52 points, a strong follow-up to his 54 at Mactan Island Golf Club.
However, Bagtas failed to get solid support, with Minieng Maravilla emerging as the next best scorer with 43. The third scorer was Bong Sison with 39. Failing to count was Pepot Inigo who had 34.
Canlubang has so far amassed 404 points and is in strong position to nail its eighth seniors crown.
Tommy Manotoc will spearhead Canlubang’s final day drive with Rolly Viray, Mari Hechanova and Bing Bunye.
Opposing them will be Luisita’s Francis Gaston, Richie Garcia, Rudy Amata and Inigo
“We have a good chance,” said Unson who has been playing for Canlubang for the last five years.
Cebu Country Club drew 52 points from Ramontito Garcia to occupy third place with 390, 14 points behind Canlubang.
In other divisions, Eagle Ridge paced the Founder’s division with 371, Del Monte was on top of the Sportswriters with 329 while Guam Seals led Friendship with 276.
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.
CHAMPIONSHIP – Canlubang 404, Luisita 401, Cebu Country Club 390, Orchard 379, Manila Golf 342, Socal Redhawk 330, Alta Vista 309, Victorias 198, SF Crystal Spring 190, Club Filipino de Cebu 178, PGAQ 158, Fil-Am Fairfield 150, Fil-Am NJ 131
FOUNDERS - Eagle Ridge 371, Negros 356, Riviera Golf 356, Pueblo De Oro 352, Phil Navy Golf 350, Camp John Hay 346, Manila Southwoods 346, Wack Wack 345, Fil Am Hawaii 336, Camp Evangelista 335,Coral Ocean Point Saipan 332, Villamor 329, Veterans 329, Rancho Palos Verdes 327,Valley Golf 320, Mactan 316, Apo Golf 313, Davao Golf 312, Maharlika 304, Lanang 243, Bay City Golf Club Alameda 222
SPORTSWRITERS – Del Monte 329, Forest Hills 324, Bacolod 320, Zamboanga 311, Mabuhay Golf Club of San Francisco 302, Cotabato 292, Brookside 284, Sarangani 284, Sienna Plantation 281, South Cotabato 281, Taotao Muna 278, Van City Golf Club 278, Guinhalaran 270, Austral Asian Golf Melbourne 264, Travelers Golf Club of San Francisco 264, PGA British Columbia 261, UP Tee Jots 259, South Bay Golf 259, Phil-Am Golf of Central Florida 250, Fil-Am (SFO) 245, MSU Golf and Country Club 245, Paoay Golf 241, Bay Area Golf 234, Iloilo 227, Lumbia 216, Del Monte 215, Forest Hills 210, Bacolod 210, Zamboanga 208, Iligan 201, Club 1872 Los Angeles 201, Vancouver ABC, San Juanico 197, Baguio Country Club 195, Tri City Golf Club 184
FRIENDSHIP – Guam Seals 276, Pinoy Vancouver 264, Fil Oz Sydney 263, Mt. Malindang 247, Moffet Field 242, Canphil Golf Association 235, Skywest Seniors 225, Brotherhood Sharp 225, Great Vancouver Association 220, Leyte Golf 219, Bennet Valley Golf 216, Winners Circle 214, West Covina 212, SF Alliance 207, Guam Seniors 206, SF Peninsula Int’l 199, Pittsburg Fil-Am 196, Parbreaker Golf of British Columbia Canada 191, Sand Baggers of Vancouver 133