February 27, 2011

Del Monte parbusters stretch PAL lead to 12


MANOLO FORTICH, BUKIDNON—Del Monte remained at its best on a tough golf course made even more difficult by cold, driving rain yesterday and moved on the brink of a second Philippine Airlines Interclub Men’s championship.

National amateur champion Clyde Mondilla rode a late surge of birdies to a one-under-par 71 for 37 points that sparked Del Monte to a 12-point lead over defending champion Canlubang and Cebu Country Club after three rounds.

Julius Bautista returned a 36, Mark Mondilla carded a 33 and Magno Arancon Jr. contributed 32 as the Bukidnon club, one point clear of Canlubang overnight, amassed 138 for the day and 412 for three rounds going into the final 18 holes at Pueblo de Oro in Cagayan de Oro.

Playing on a course where he captured the Philippine Am crown, the 17-year-old Mondilla canned birdies on the 10th, 14th and 17th.

Canlubang, gunning for a sixth straight title, assembled 127 and was tied at 400 with Cebu CC, which drew a 36 from teener Gio Gandiongco and a 35 from Lloyd Go.

“I think we have an excellent chance of winning,” said Del Monte skipper Yoyong Velez, who was a mainstay of the 2004 team that won the club’s first and only Interclub title.

Joey Huerva led the Barons with 33 points and Gabriel Manotoc, the 13-year-old rookie who had a frosty Interclub debut on Wednesday, rebounded with a 32 like Art Arbole. Veteran Abe Rosal’s 30 counted last as Dave Hernandez made 29.

Mark Dy posted 33 for Cebu CC, which settled for either the 27s of Chucky Hong and Eric Deen as the team’s last score.

Canlubang has never faced a deficit this big in the past, but nonplaying skipper Luigi Yulo was not ready to throw in the towel: “It’s a tall order, but we are not going to throw in anything.”

After ruling the event for 55 years and older last week, Canlubang is eyeing to tie Luisita for the most number of Senior-Regular Men’s sweeps in the Interclub with five, although the Sugar Barons own the longest sweep-streak with four (2006 to 2009).

Alabang fired a so-so 110 and saw its lead cut to  nine points over Orchard in the Founders Division.

Rocco Sumabat fired 30, Jama Reyes a 28, Andres Saldana a 27 and Juan Ibazeta a 25 for Alabang.

Phil Kyu-cho carded a 33 and Nap Marigomen had 30 to form the bulk of Orchard’s 118 for a 353 total.

Camp Evangelista struggled in the muddy Del Monte layout with 87, allowing three squads to blow back into contention in the Sportswriters Division.

In Friendship play, PGA BC carded a 93 for 269 overall and a 19-point lead over UP Tee Jots.

This year’s competition is backed by platinum sponsors Boeing, Airbus, Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror and Interactive Broadcast Media.

Major sponsors are People Asia, 105.1 Crossover, GE Aviation, Asia Brewery and Traversing the Orient. Also lending support are corporate sponsors Manila Bulletin and Bombo Radyo Philippines.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
412—Delmonte (133-141-138), 400—Canlubang (132-141-127), 400—Cebu CC (136-133-131),  365—Manila Southwoods (117-122-126), 322—Alta Vista (101-109-111), 246—SFO Heritage (84-93-69), 197—Mabuhay SFO (82-62-53), 188—Reno-Tahoe Intl (62-66-60), 174—Pinoy Vancouver (62-81-31),158—Figme (54-51-53), 155—Greenhills West (75-48-32), 138—Team Nagoya (63-47-28), 136—Fil-Oz Sydney (55-44-37),  129—Green Tee (38-32-59),  125—PCCIJ Tokyo (54-47-24).
FOUNDERS DIVISION
362—Alabang Golf (125-127-110), 353—Orchard (119-116-118), 338—Wack-Wack Golf (131-103-104), 345—Riviera Golf (122-108-113), 326—Villamor Golf (122-105-99), 325—Pueblo De Oro (111-103-111), 324—Forest Hills (112-92-120), 323—Valley Golf (111-111-101), 321—Sta Elena (106-121-94), 309—Manila Golf (111-101-97), 306—Rancho Palos Verdes (102-96-108), 300—Negros Golf (116-103-81), 297—Mactan Island (115-94-88), 294—Tagaytay Highlands (106-80-108), 289—Ph Navy (102-92-95), 276—Camp John Hay (101-88-87), 223—Fil-Am Hawaii (66-76-80)
SPORTSWRITERS DIVISION
300—Camp Evangelista (112-101-87), 299—Redhawk (92-110-97), 299—Zamboanga Golf (108-92-99), 298—Eagle Ridge (100-88-110), 295—Sherwood Hills (105-95-95), 290—Apo Golf (90-102-98), 289—Mt. Malindang (95-98-96), 288—Mt. Malarayat (96-102-90), 270—Bacolod Golf (95-87-88), 270—Iligan Golf (91-106-73), 267—Saranggani (106-83-77), 267—Davao Golf (80-97-90), 266—Lumbia Golf (89-92-85), 265—FGA Riyadh (93-84-88), 261—Lanang Golf (97-94-70), 261—Iloilo Golf (100-82-79), 246—Bay Area (73-91-82), 243—Guinhalaran (81-81-81), 242—Fil-Am Fairfields (74-88-80), 238—Maharlika (81-71-86), 220—San Juanico (77-81-62), 194—Fil-Am Florida (39-72-83), 180—Northgate Golf (58-63-59), 170—Seattle Golf (61-49-60), 162—Riyadh Golf (61-63-38), 143—Brotherhood Sharp (30-49-64), 130—Moffett Fields (25-77-53), 95—Ezpar (17-38-40),
FRIENDSHIP DIVISION
269—PGA BC (94-82-93), 250—UP Tee Jots (100-75-75), 250—South Cotabato (94-81-75), 245—Club Filipino De Cebu (91-66-88), 228—Victorias (90-66-72), 127—Greater Vancouver (61-29-37), 227—Stanford Golf (72-65-90), 208—Cotabato Golf (77-51-80).

Source: Inquirer.net

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