Ce­buanos stamp class out­side Cebu

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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.

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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.

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