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.
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