CEBU – Rupert Zaragosa and Lois Kaye Go carved out victories in varying fashion to share top honors in the first MVPSF Visayas Regional Match Play Championship at the Cebu Country Club on Friday.
Zaragosa scored an expected 6 & 5 romp over local bet Rolando Pila to run away with the men’s crown while Go pulled off a 2-up triumph over reigning national amateur stroke play champion Harmie Constantino in their own 36-hole duel in the scorching heat.
Zaragosa, winner of a number of titles in the ranks, imposed his will early, going 4-up after 18 holes in morning play before cruising to victory in the afternoon match.
The lopsided triumph capped Zaragosa’s domination of the week-long event sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation, Smart, PLDT, Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and the Philippine Sports Commission that saw the diminutive Canlubang mainstay top the 36-hole stroke play elims and romp off with emphatic winsthroughout the knockout phase.
The 16-year-old Go, on the other hand, rallied from one-hole down in the morning play with clutch pars in the stretch to turn back Constantino, foiling her rival’s bid to extend the marathon match by taking the final hole and claiming her biggest victory in a young career before an appreciative hometown gallery.