CEBU – Manila Southwoods turned in a balanced third round on Friday and became the third different leader in as many days in the 68th Philippine Airlines Interclub Men’s golf championship.
Former pro Vince Lauron carved out a two-over-par 74 worth 34 points and three others turned in outputs in the 30s at the ravine-laden Club Filipino de Cebu layout in Danao as Southwoods tallied a day-best 126 for a one-point lead over defending champion Orchard.
Joseph Tambunting played for the second straight day and turned in 31 like Jets Sajulga while Jun Jun Plana pitched in with a 30 as Southwoods discarded a respectable 29 by Manfred Guangko for 365, moving into position for its first centerpiece title in more than a decade.
Rodel Mangulabnan was the top man for Orchard, firing a level 36 with King Stehmeier shooting 32 to make up the bulk of the defending champions’ 124 for the day and 364 overall.
Cebu Country Club wasn’t as fiery as it was on Thursday, pooling just 121 to be seven points down. Wack Wack, the surprise second-round leader, struggled to a 116 to be a further point behind at 357.
Gen Nagai played for the first time and turned in 33 points for Cebu CC, the 2012-13 champion which made a bold second-round move with 126 to zoom back into contention.
But Mark Dy followed a 36 with a 32 while Bayani Garcia and Carl Almario fired a 29 and 27 points, respectively, to round out the scoring for Cebu CC, which threw away the 26 of Harvey Sytiongsa.
“We gave them a target and the boys delivered,” said Southwoods’ non-playing assistant captain Jerome Delariarte, who was part of the last SW team that won this tournament in 2001. “We have a good, solid team coming out (for the final round) tomorrow.”
John Gobing fired a 30, Tootsi De Jesus and Gary Sy 29s and Gabriel Manotoc 28 for Wack Wack, which was originally set to compete in the lower Founders Division but found itself slugging it out with the big boys because of a high PAL points average.
It is expected to be nothing short of a battle royale come the final round on Saturday at Cebu CC, a gem of a layout that is vastly different in character because of it’s tree-lined roughs and longer holes.
Nagai will spearhead Cebu CC, with Raymund Sangil leading Orchard and the comebacking Tonlits Asistio and national pool member Justin Quiban the biggest guns for Southwoods in the final day.
Wack Wack will have the veteran Tommy Manotoc coming out for the last round.
Meanwhile, Alabang got 31s from Liam Cully and Philippe Palanca, a 28 from Anthony See and 26 from Arnel Paras for a 116 also at Club Filipino and 355 that kept it 22 points ahead of Apo Golf and Alta Vista in the Founders Division.
Alabang still has a shot at winning the overall championship, being just 10 points off Southwoods.
Socal Red Hawk all but put the Sportswriters title away with a 33-point lead over Fil-Am Hawaii and Stanford Golf after firing 104 at Cebu CC for a 321 tally. Jonathan Cornelio fired 30 to pace Socal Red Hawk.
One Mega, People Asia, 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), Whealth Inc., Aerospace, Uniglobe Travelware Co. Inc., Tanduay Distillers and Intercontinental Manila.
Manila Southwoods 365, Orchard 364, Cebu 358, Wack Wack 357, Del Monte 356, Forest Hills 302, Royal Northwoods 281, Fil Am Fairfield 238, Veterans 235, Camp Evangelista 230, Camp Aguinaldo 229, Figme 156
Figme Dubai 210, Brotherhood Sharp 209, Skywest 204, Van City Golf 195, Pittsburg Fil Am 195, SFO Crystal Spring 181, MSU 180, Mabuhay Golf Club SFO 175, Moffet Field 154, Austral Asian Golf Melbourne 153, Baguio 149, Yokohama Eagles 118
Alabang 355, Apo Golf 333, Alta Vista 333, Negros 328, Valley Golf 327, Tagaytay Highlands 324, Riviera 323, Rancho Palos Verdes 323, Villamor 320, Club Filipino de Cebu 316, Davao 304, Eagle Ridge 300 Pueblo de Oro 298, Iligan golf 298, Manila Golf 279, Zamboanga 272
Socal Red Hawk 321, Fil Am Hawaii 288, Stanford 288, Iloilo 286, Mactan Island 281, Sta Elena 279, Camp John Hay 279, Sarangani 273, PGA Brirish Columbia 266, SFO Maharlika 264, Lumbia 264, Victorias Golf 262, UP Tee Jots 256, Philippine Navy 251, Pearl Kai Hawaii 247, Bay Area 242, Green Tee Riyadh 240, Sherwood Hills 239, South Cotabato 235, Lanang 229, Bacolod 223, Cotabato 223 San Juanico 222, Guinhalaran 218, Seattle 213, Fil Oz Sydney 209, South Bay 207, Greenhills West 181, Greater Vancouver Golf Assoc 174, Northgate 171, Team Leyte 166, Filipino Golfers Assoc Kuwait 154, Figme UAE 153, Mt Malindang 146