BAGUIO CITY – Ramon Capistrano shot 30 points as Team Surigao I submitted 108 points to start their bid in the Fil A division of the 69th Fil-Am Invitational golf tournament on Monday at the Baguio Country Club.
Surigao got 28 points from Don Petil, 26 from Edgardo Lopez and 24 from Lito Camo to give the Mindanao squad a seven-point lead on Che Lus I. Former tourism secretary Ace Barbers did not count at the start of competition in the regular division when he submitted 16 points.
Che Lus had 101 points on the 30 of Mike Castro, 26 of Warren Pettelier, 23 of local surgeon Ed Montenegro and 22 of John Quinata.
Summit Point Golf and Country Club is another three points behind at 98, with Edsel Opulensa scoring 30.
At the Camp John Hay, Rollie Valdez opened with a 30 to lead San Miguel to 111 and a two-point lead in Am A.
Mikey Punsalan scored 30, Bong Sison added 29 and Dennis Nicomedes scored 27 even as Rene Unson, a member of the Megafiber team that won the seniors championship, did not count with his 24.
Rodolfo Brobio and Alvin Buenaventura each shot a 29 to lead Forest Hills Palmer to 109.
Benlife Producers Bank and Srixon were tied for third at 107.
Waterlympics Clark shot an opening round of 86 for a one-point lead in Fil D competition.
Team Surigao II came in with an 85.
Paterno Hernandez, Jr. submitted a 28 to lead Rural Bankers II to 89 and a three-point lead in Am D.
Cool Jocks is three points down with 86, followed by Square and Compass Nueva Ecija at 83.
Moto shooting an opening round 82, NBI Golf Team 157 is a point further back, while Monterey is at 80 points.
Defending champions Manila Southwoods opens its bid in Fil and Am Championship on Tuesday at the BCC course.
Yuto Katsuragawa, who led the team to the title in 2016, will lead a young Southwoods squad featuring Japanese amateur Aguri Iwasaki.
Katsuragawa has two titles this year in the Japan amateurs, the Chubu Amateur Championship last June and the Japan Collegiate Championship last August. He also finished second in the World University Championship held last May in Pradera Verde Golf Club here which was won by a Japanese compatriot.
Cousins Aidric Chan, Ateneo's top senior high player, and Carl Corpus as well as veteran Junjun Plana are also seeing action.
Lanz Uy and Liam Cullins also return for Southwoods in the Am Championship. The two helped Southwoods to a 50-point victory last year.
Southwoods parades newbies Josh Jorge, Sean Ramos, Jegg Jung and another Japanese golfer Masaichi Otake.
Three teams will challenge Southwoods including former champion Mizuno X-1R with brothers King and Ace Stehmeier returning to give the team another shot at the title.
Also listed for Mizuno are Justin Tambunting, Junro and Jordan Mamaril.
Local player Luigi Paolo Wong will play for Royal Northwoods this year. The 18-year-old shotmaker from La Trinidad, Benguet saw action for Southwoods last year.
Richard Joson returns for Northwoods, as well as Carlo Villaroman, Nik Gatmaytan and former Mizuno ace Ray Sangil.
Top amateur player Rupert Zaragosa will lead another former champion I Forest Hills Puma. Zaragosa, who won one crown for Cargo Masters, will be backed by last year's group I individual runner-up and club manager Jude Eustaquio, who was actually tied for the lead but lost to countback to 16-year older Joon Hyung Kim of Southwoods.