LUISITA HIKES LEAD
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, Inquirer.net, 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.