March 16, 2011

Thai Golfers Grab Lead By 3 Shots in Montecillo Team Championship

LIPA CITY, Batangas, Philippines—Thailand, playing steadily, grabbed the lead from host Philippines by three shots after the penultimate round of the Montecillo Junior golf team championship on Thursday, at the wind-swept Mt. Malarayat course here.

The Thais assembled a three-man score of 4-over par 220 for a 54-hole total of 657 while the Filipinos submitted their worst output of 225 and lost their two-stroke overnight lead to trail at 660.

Rattanon Wannasrichan and Natipong Srithong carded 73s and Sompard Rattanasuwan added a 74 for the Thais in the four-to-play, three-to-count format.

With their balanced scoring, the Thais’ top player, Poom Saksansin, did not count with his 75, which was the second-best score for the round by the Filipinos courtesy of Miguel Tabuena.

Jobim Carlos, who broke par in the first two days for Philippine Team I, settled for a 74 this time although he continued to lead the individual race by five shots with a 213 total.

Reigning national amateur champion Clyde Mondilla completed the scoring for the Filipinos with a 76 as Angelo Gandionco carded a 78.

“I’ll try to catch up because our team is down,” said Carlos, winner of the 2009 Faldo Series Philippines Championship. “Team effort is the key (to victory tomorrow).”

“You just can’t give up because this is a team event and every shot counts,” said the 16-year-old Tabuena, the Asian Games silver medalist who is poised to become the youngest Filipino pro ever after this tournament honoring the late Amalia “Mommy” Montecillo, prime mover of the jungolf movement in Asia.

In girls’ play, Philippines Team I continued to hold sway behind the 75s of Andrea Unson and Sarah Jane Ababa.

Counting their opening 148, Team I had an aggregate of 298, six shots up on Thailand, which gained a stroke on the Filipinos with Pinrath Loomboonruang scoring a 74 and Pavarisa Yoktuan contribubuting a 75 in the three-to-play, two-to-count format.

Philippines Team 2, drawing 77s from Princess Superal and Daniella Uy, was threatening the Thais at 305.
Unson and Ababa also paced the girls’ individual race with 148 and 150, respectively, two strokes ahead of Loomboonruang, Yoktuan and Superal.

The 18-year-old Carlos birdied the ninth for a 35 coming out. But he dropped four strokes on the back nine against a birdie on the 17th.

Though he’s five shots up on Wannasrichan (218), seven up on Saksansin (220) and eight up on compatriot Tabuena, Carlos said he saw victory for Philippine Team 1 as more important than the individual title.

Undaunted by a fat 39 at the front, Tabuena rallied to cap his round with back-to-back birdies.

After two days of rains, the sun finally shone, but the winds got even stronger, wreaking havoc on the scoring.
Only Kenneth Kano of Philippines Team 2 was able to break par with a 1-under 71 as he atoned for his disqualification in the second round when he failed to sign his card.

Team 2 also got a 77 from Rupert Zaragoza and a 78 from JP De Claro for a 226 effort that lifted the second PH team within six shots of the third-running Singapore squad, which had a 688 total.

Chinese-Taipei was at 724 while Guam hogged the cellar at 748.

The tournament, recognized by the Royal and Ancient Course of St. Andrews, Scotland, is being supported by ICTSI, Pancake House, Sizzling Pepper, Teriyaki Boy, Chevrolet, Pal, Friends of Jungolf, Golf Depot, San Miguel Corp., Coca-Cola, Duty-Free, Pacsports, MJ Car Golf Management, Pisanti Golf,, McDonalds, Julie’s Bakeshop and Eyeshields with Inquirer Golf and a Round of Golf as media partners.

Jungolf Golf Foundation of the Philippines president Luigi Tabuena and chairman Gerry Handog are the prime movers in the country’s biggest team event since the 1996 World Amateurs.

The scores:
Boys’ Division
657--Thailand (222-215-220)); 660--PH Team 1 (222-213-225); 688--Singapore (235-229-224); 694--PH Team 2 (232-236-226); 724--Chinese-Taipei (246-237-241); 748--Guam (256-246-246)
Girls’ Division
298--PH Team 1 (148-150); 304--Thailand (155-149); 305--PH Team 2 (151-154); 323--Chinese-Taipei (164-159); 326--Singapore (162-164)



What a shock! Football is an intense play, but I have never seen such a violent reaction of players after a goal being scored against them. They really went crazy. The video of the game has garnered thousands of views on Facebook.

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