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Sugar Barons zoom to nine-point lead over Luisitans

Canlubang’s Abe Rosal fires four birdies on a cool day at Alta Vista

CEBU. Drawing a brilliant two-under-par 70 worth 56 points from Abe Rosal and 52 from Damasus Wong yesterday, defending champion Canlubang zoomed to a nine-point lead over Luisita after the first 18 holes of the Philippine Airlines Interclub Seniors championship at well-manicured Alta Vista here.

With the seasoned Rolly Viray accounting for 47 points, the Sugar Barons were so impressive that they had to discard the 46 of Mari Hechanova in grabbing momentum going into the second round that will be played at unpredictable Club Filipino in Danao.

“That was a super round,” Luisita non-playing skipper Jeric Hechanova said, when asked of Cangolf’s sterling opening 18. “I thought we did pretty well shooting 146. That was quite a special round that they came up with.”

Another squad that also put together a super effort was Cebu Country Club, which is campaigning in the lower Founders division but trails the overall pace by just five points after a 150 also at Alta Vista.

Jay Yuvallos had 53 and Eric Deen 49 for Cebu CC, which counted the 48 of Antonio San Juan, even as Teodoro Almario drained three birdies in posting 50 points that boosted Club Filipino de Cebu to an opening 133 and a 19-point lead over Diram Country Club in the Sportswriters division.

The Sugar Barons actually needed to tinker with their opening round team after Tommy Manotoc needed to go home hours before tee time because of a family emergency. And if he doesn’t return, Cangolf is in danger of playing one of the three remaining rounds with just three players.

Ex-pro Dan Cruz collected 50 points, Chino Raymundo had 49 and Marty Ilagan shot 47 in his Seniors’ debut for the Luisitans, who threw away with 44 of Steve McDonald.

Manila Southwoods was another three points back after getting 51 points from Manfred Guangko, 48 from Bong Brobio and 44 from Luis Garcia, with Del Monte amassing 139 built around the 51 points of Ramon Jaraulla and 47 from Crispin Aparilla.

“I will play when the team asks me to play,” Rosal said when asked if he will still anchor the Sugar Barons in the final round on Saturday also at Alta Vista.

The annual event, considered the country’s unofficial national team championship, was shelved for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the 74th staging of the event is supported by platinum sponsors ABS-CBN Global, Asian Journal, Airbus, and NUSTAR Resort and Casino.

Gold sponsors include Radio Mindanao Network, Mastercard, Primax, University of Mindanao Broadcasting Network, PLDT/Smart, and Konsulta MD.

Joining the event as silver sponsors are Philippine National Bank (PNB), Biocostech, and VISA.

Minor sponsors are Bollore Logistics, Manila Standard, Tanduay Brands International, and Asia Brewery while donors are Department of Tourism, Ogawa, Newport World Resorts, Rolls Royce, and Boeing.


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