SOUTH dominated North in the second foursomes on Thursday, sweeping the four matches to take the lead, 10-6, heading to the final day of The Duel at the Alabang Country Club.
The Southerners need only 4.5 points from the 12 singles matches on Friday to clinch a second straight championship.
Tony Lascuña and Clyde Mondilla stopped Randy Garalde and James Ryan Lam with an emphatic 4&3 romp, Jay Bayron and Ferdie Aunzo won 2-up over Miguel Tabuena and Mars Pucay, while Charles Hong and Jhonnel Ababa won 3&1 against Michael Bibat and Jun Bernis.
Juvic Pagunsan and Rufino Bayron were all square with Carl Ocampo-Santos and Edward Reyes after No. 14 but the swept the next three holes to post a 3&1 triumph and complete the shutout.
“I didn’t expect a sweep because the North’s lineup is also strong. I just fielded in the best from my team,” said South skipper Jerome Delariarte.
The rout was a huge surprise after the two teams finished the first three sessions tied at 6-6.
All four pairs from the South gained the upper hand and momentum after nine holes.
Lascuna and Mondilla, teaming up for the fourth straight time, moved 3-up by winning Nos. 10 and 11 and clinched the win after taking No. 14 and halving the next hole.
Jay Bayron and Aunzo went 2-up at the turn, yielded No. 14 but kept the lead before frustrating the Tabuena-Pucay tandem by winning the 18th.
Hong and Ababa also went 2-up after No. 15 then won the 16th.
“They wanted to finish the second round on a high note,” said Delariarte.
Despite the lead, Delariarte remains wary of their North rivals, who last year also took a 4-point lead into the singles matches but lost as South won nine of the 12 singles matches.
Que noted South’s fine putting while ruing his team’s struggles on the greens, but vowed to bounce back strong in the deciding singles matches of the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
“I think we lost because of putting. They holed out birdies from 2-3 pins away. They were also lucky but that is not to take anything from them. They played well in the afternoon. But win or lose, I’m still proud of the boys,” said Que, who didn’t play in the Foursomes after he and Gerald Rosales lost to Jay Bayron and Aunzo in the morning Fourball, 2&1, in the event backed by KIA, Ping, Nike Golf, Custom Clubmakers, Mizuno, Pacsports, Callaway, Cleveland, FootJoy, Srixon, Titleist, Empire Golf and Sports Shop and Sharp.