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ED­DIE BAG­TAS fired 50 points, as Luisita hiked its lead over de­fend­ing cham­pion Can­lubang by 12 points half­way through the 30th Philip­pine Air­lines Se­nior In­ter­club golf team cham­pi­onships on Fri­day at the Mi­mosa Golf and Coun­try Club in Clark, Pam­panga. Bag­tas, who topped the in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory last year in Cebu City, had one birdie against five bo­geys to lead Luisita at the Aca­cia and Lake­side com­pos­ite course.

Ben­jamin Su­mu­long, play­ing for Luisita for the first time, birdied the clos­ing ninth hole for 48 points, while Her­minio Mar­avilla rounded out scor­ing with 44. Bong Si­son signed a wrong score­card and was promptly dis­qual­i­fied. Luisita has a two- day to­tal of 288 points. Luisita non­play­ing cap­tain Jeric Hechanova said they will try to pro­tect the lead.

All eight play­ers of Luisita have now seen ac­tion and Hechanova hinted a pos­si­ble reshuf­fle of lineup to en­sure vic­tory.

Can­lubang, which had a his­tory of come­from-be­hind wins, failed to re­duce the overnight eight-point lead de­spite field­ing top gun­ner Tommy Man­otoc.

Man­otoc, still a force to reckon with at 67, shot 51 points be­hind three birdies against six bo­geys.

No other Can­lubang player, how­ever, scored bet­ter than 44.

Rolly Vi­ray had a tough day, post­ing 44 points; while rookie Zaldy Villa had an em­bar­rass­ing fin­ish, need­ing five blasts to get out of the green­side bunker on the fi­nal hole. He picked up and limped with 43 points.

Tony Olives did not count for the se­cond straight day with 41.

“We bet­ter do some­thing on Satur­day, hope­fully re­duce the deficit to six or seven,” Olives said.

While Luisita and Can­lubang fight it out in the cham­pi­onship divi­sion, Mi­mosa con­tin­ued its re­mark­able play in the Founders divi­sion.

The host club col­lected 140 points from En­rico Santos (49), Noel Yam­zon (48) and Danny Abad (43) to im­prove to 289, a point bet­ter than Luisita. Mi­mosa moved into a good po­si­tion to be­come the first team out­side the cham­pi­onship divi­sion to win the

In­ter­club. Ra­mon­tito Gar­cia shot the day’s best score—53 points—to lead Cebu Coun­try Club into se­cond place be­hind Mi­mosa with 275 points. Third was Orchard with 266. The 69th PAL In­ter­club is spon­sored by

Peo­ple Asia, Trav­elife, Mareco Broad­cast­ing Net­work (Cross­over), Manila Broad­cast­ing Corp., Air­bus, the BUSI­NESSMIR­ROR and Philip­pine Na­tional Bank. Other sup­port­ers are the Philip­pine Daily

In­quirer, In­, Plan­ta­tion Bay Re­sort and Spa, Tan­d­uay Dis­tillers, Asia Brew­ery, Splash Corp., RFM Corp., Goldilocks, East­gate Pub­lish­ing Corp., Robinsons Land and Rolls-Royce.


ED­DIE BAG­TAS (left) re­acts on the green as Tommy Man­otoc uses a long put­ter.

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