Cebuanos stamp class outside Cebu
In amateur golf, there’s no tournament bigger than the PAL Interclub, and in the 2012 tournament, the Cebu Country Club ( CCC) pulled off a big surprise, winning the championship division in Davao City. The CCC-- led by team captain Montito Garcia- did it when few considered them as serious contenders, being in the elite championship division for only their second year. Despite Del Monte making a late surge, Gio Gandiongco, Marky Dy, and Lloyd Jefferson Go had 34 each, while Eric Deen had a 26 for CCC’s four- day haul of 507, eight ahead of Del Monte. The other members of the squad, whom Garcia called his best team yet, were Mark Sarmiento, Jovi Neri, Carl Almario and Bayani Garcia. In football, the country’s newest toast, the Cebu team Queen City United, is also making its mark as the only non- Manila based team in the tournament. Spending close to P100,000 for their weekly airfares to Manila, the team of construction magnate Ricky Dakay managed a respectable third- place finish in the 12- team Division 2 of the United Football League, the country’s only semi- pro football tournament that features stars like Phil and James Younghusband and Chieffy Caligdong. The Cebuanos finished in third place with 47 points on a 14- 5- 3 win- draw- loss record and at one point, outscored their foes 32- 3 in a six- game streak. In the next season, the Cebuanos are now one of the favorites as Pachanga FC, the first placer who earned a Division 1 promotion, was brought by a group that included owners of Diliman FC, the second placer in Division 2. Beach volleyball players Johnrey Sasing and Edward Ybañez caused a stir, too, when they beat national team members Arnel Amadeo and Buensuceso Sayson in the Philippine National Games semifinals to advance to the championship against fellow Cebuanos Mike Abria and Jade Becaldo. Sasing and Ybanez’s win against the PH team led to the disbanding of the squad, and compelled the Philippine Volleyball Federation to consider moving the training center to Cebu.
NUMERO UNO. Members of the Cebu Country Club ( CCC) lift CCC president Montito Garcia after winning the Philippine Airlines Interclub men’s regular tournament. According to Garcia, the victory is a testament to CCC’s successful junior golf program, which all members of the team were part of.