CEBU – Wack Wack rode the 32 points of Sammy Sy and a steady 31 from Elphege Wong to take command in the 68th Philippine Airlines Interclub Golf Championship as defending champion Orchard struggled at the Club Filipino de Cebu layout in Danao.
Sy shot the equivalent of four-over-par at the ravine-laden, up-and-down layout, boosting the squad to a second day 117 for 241 overall and a shaky one-point lead over the repeat-seeking Orchard in the championship division of the four-day tournament.
Kit Lopez and Ernesto Marcelo contributed 27 apiece for Wack Wack, which assembled a team for the lower Founders Division but found itself elevated to the premier division because of the member’s combined PPA (PAL Points Average).
Augusto de Jesus' 26 did not count under the five-to-play, four-to-count format.
Veteran Rodel Mangulabnan submitted a 31 in one of the late flights of the day and averted a total collapse by Orchard, which had a second-round 111. King Stehmeier had checked in with a similar 31 in an earlier group but Orchard seemed to be in big trouble with the 27 of Peter Salvador and 22 of Niko Santiano.
Eric Borromeo, who was disqualified in the first round at Cebu Country Club for signing the wrong scorecard, turned in a 17 and did not count for Orchard.
The mediocre round of Orchard allowed a number of other squads back in the mix, with Southwoods running third just two points behind after a 119 built around the 32 of Joseph Tambunting.
Vince Lauron, a former pro, fired 31, Jets Sajulga had a 29 and Jun Jun Plana a 27 to complete the scoring for Southwoods, a former tournament power when the likes of Angelo Que, Jerome Delariarte and Artemio Murakami were playing. The 24 of Manfred Guangko did not count.
Cebu CC, which is looking to win this event for the third time in the last four years, is just another two strokes behind after pooling a day-best 126 led by the level par 36 of former pro Mark Dy and the 31 of burly Bayani Garcia.
Eric Deen fired 31 points and Marko Sarmiento 29 for Cebu CC.
“We never expected to be leading this tournament,” said Wong, the team skipper who also shot 31 at Cebu CC on Wednesday. “We will embrace this and face the challenge (of winning).”
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 Manila Bulletin, Mareco Broadcasting Network (Crossover), People Asia Magazine, Whealth Inc., Aerospace, Uniglobe Travelware Co. Inc., Tanduay Distillers and Intercontinental Manila.
Wack Wack 241, Orchard 240, Manila Southwoods 239, Cebu 237
Del Monte 228, Royal Northwoods 218, Camp Evangelista 191
Forest Hills 183, Fil Am Fairfield 158, Veterans 142, Camp
Aguinaldo 140, Figme 112
Figme Dubai 153, Brotherhood Sharp 145, Van City Golf 142,
Pittsburg Fil Am 139, Skywest 132, MSU 123, Mabuhay Golf
Club SFO 118, Austral Asian Golf Melbourne 116, SFO Crystal
Spring 112, Moffet Field 107, Baguio 98, Yokohama Eagles 78
Socal Red Hawk 217, Fil Am Hawaii 200, Camp John Hay 195,
Mactan Island 189, SFO Maharlika 184, Sta Elena 177, Up Tee
Jots 175, PGA British Columbia 175, Sarangani 174, Victorias
Golf 173, Bay Area 172, Stanford 171, Philippine Navy 167,
Cotabato 163, Pearl Kai Hawaii 159, Guinhalaran 156, Lanang
152, South Cotabato 151, Green Tee Riyadh 150, Sherwood
Hills 150, Fil Oz Sydney 148, San Juanico 148, Seattle 146,
Greater Vancouver Folf Assoc 135, Bacolod 133, Green Hills
West 129, South Bay 128, Team Leyte 112, Figme UAE 110,
Mt Malindang 94, Northgate 90, Filipino Golfers Assoc Kuwait 87
Alabang 239, Tagaytay Highlands 232, Valley Golf 225, Alta
Vista 219, Villamor 218, Negros 218, Club Filipino de Cebu 216,
Rancho Palos Verdes 215, Eagle Ridge 210, Riviera 207, Apo Golf
205, Davao 203, Manila Golf 201, Pueblo de Oro 198, Iligan Golf
193, Zamboanga 186, Iloilo 183, Lumbia 172