CLARK Field, Pampanga – Manila Southwoods had its top players performing at full throttle on Saturday to finally score its first-ever repeat as PAL Interclub Men’s champion.
National pool member Justin Quiban tamed the Mountain View layout of the Mimosa Golf Club, carding a week-best five-under-par 67 for 41 points to spearhead Southwoods's closing 141 and a 10-point victory over Canlubang.
Quiban gunned down 10 birdies – a mark considered as a record in Interclub play – in a superlative round that underscored his readiness to turn pro and gave Southwoods the finishing kick it needed to break away from a tight match with the Sugar Barons.
Yuto Katsuragawa assembled 37 points, the veteran Jun Jun Plana was efficient with 34 and Ryan Monsalve scored 29 as the Carmona-based squad tallied 552 and finally won back-to-back titles after two failed bids in the country's unofficial golf team championship.
Jobim Carlos fired 37 points but didn’t get enough help from his Canlubang's teammates, with Carl Corpus and Aidric Chan shooting 33 and 32, respectively, and the Sugar Barons’ fourth man, Gab Manotoc, tallying just 30 for 132 and 542 overall.
Cangolf started the fourth round just a point behind but simply couldn’t keep up with Quiban’s smoking hot play.
“There was no doubt we had the best team in the final round,” Southwoods non-playing skipper Thirdy Escano told reporters. “I would like to congratulate the organizers for discarding the handicapping system. It’s good for Philippine golf.”
Luisita, a team being prepared for the future, drew 39 points from Brian Kim and 34s from Chan Jung Park and Lanz Uy, and with Gido Mandanas shooting 30, tallied 137 for the day for 531 and third spot, ahead of 2014 champion Orchard.
Former pro Raymund Sangil shot 38 and Krsitoffer Arevalo fired 35 as Orchard assembled its best round of the week, a 139, to finish with a 520 total. Tomas Joson and Niko Santiano fired 33 each for Orchard.
Cebu Country Club, meanwhile, closed out with 124 points built around burly Bayani Garcia’s 35 and the 33 of Mark Dy, to rule the Founders Division by eight points over hard-fighting Villamor with 468 total.
Marko Sarmiento fired 30 and Jon Alvarez had 26 for Cebu, which threw away the 26 of Jovi Neri at the Lake View and Acacia nines.
Richard delos Santos fired 37 and ex-pro turned businessman Gary Sales had 36 as Villamor pooled 132 but fell short in its last-ditch rally. A third round 103 did Villamor in after it had set the first round pace with a 119.
Tagaytay Highlands pooled 113 and was third another four points behind.
The Interclub was sponsored by People Asia, Travelife, Mareco Broadcasting Network (Crossover),Manila Broadcasting Corporation, Airbus, Business Mirror and Philippine National Bank.
Other supporters are Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inquirer.net, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Tanduay Distillers, Asia Brewery, Splash Corporation, RFM Corporation, Goldilocks, Eastgate Publishing Corporation, Robinsons Land and Rolls-Royce.