Megafiber ral­lies

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BAGUIO Coun­try Cub proved again the great equal­izer and judge as Megafiber ral­lied from nine points down to win by only two strokes in the pre­miere Se­nior Fil Cham­pi­onship ti­tle of the 69th Fil-Am In­vi­ta­tional Golf Tour­na­ment.

Trail­ing 342-351 at the start of a cold Thurs­day morn­ing that turned “rather hot” as Jose Mari Hechanova de­scribes it, the 2011 cham­pion scored enough to beat three day leader Luisita Golf and Coun­try Club by outscor­ing the lat­ter, 109-98.

Rolly Viray top­scored for Megafiber with 29, the 27s from Hechanova and Rene Un­son and a 26 from last man Abra­ham Rosal, even as lead man David Her­nan­dez did not count with a 24. These were scores the team cringe to think about but were good enough to win the plum.

“We al­ways thought that the real match is here at the BCC, any­thing can just hap­pen here,” said Un­son, who like Hechanova are mem­bers of the 2011 win­ning Megafiber.

While Megafiber played just well enough, Luisita prac­ti­cally melted un­der the scorch­ing Baguio sun with a touch of icy wind brought by the Siberian wind - with Chino Ray­mundo com­ing in with 29 points when he came in first for the de­fend­ing cham­pion.

But it was all down­hill there as his team­mates failed to pro­duce at the course that could be real tricky. Jingy Tua­zon went home with a 22, Raffy Gar­cia checked in with a 20 and Rodel Man­gu­la­b­nan was just good for 21, giv­ing Megafiber

a two point ad­van­tage with the last men yet to come – their own Ed­die Bag­tas and Megafiber's Rosal.

But Bag­tas was also strug­gling and Rosal caught up with him on the sev­en­teenth hole to draw even go­ing to the last hole, Luisita's sup­posed last stand.

With Bag­tas tee­ing off and mak­ing it to about 15 feet from the pin, Rosal's ball rolled to within 16 feet that drew ap­plause from the small gallery of Megafiber, and the Luisita men ac­knowl­edg­ing their de­feat.

Both missed on their birdie putt then twice putted for sim­i­lar bo­gey and a sim­i­lar 26 points.

“It is a tough course and we had a tough com­pe­ti­tion,” summed Hechanova, who proved to be the team's stead­i­est player.

“There is no com­par­i­son with our win the last time since this is a tougher com­pe­ti­tion, Luisita is a very good team,” he added, not men­tion­ing that Manila South­woods, which again met mis­for­tunes this year, is a very com­pet­i­tive squad also.

“We ded­i­cate this win to our boss, Al­bert Gar­cia who as­sem­bled this team for the tour­na­ment,” added Un­son, adding that the Megafiber owner is cur­rently in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia.

South­woods came in third after a 108 for a 445 ag­gre­gate on the 31 of Raul Mi­noza, 28 of Theody Pas­cual, 25 of Bong Si­son and 24 of Tommy Man­otoc. Sang Jin Lee had a 21 and was counted out again.

South­woods prac­ti­cally suf­fered a 12 point penalty when Sang signed a wrong card on day two when the Car­mona, Cavite based team could have been two down on Luisita.

South­woods could have won the tour­na­ment by six points with 457, but in­stead was six down on the win­ner.

South­woods con­soles it­self with Mi­noza bring­ing home the in­di­vid­ual award in Group 1 after he reg­is­tered a four day to­tal of 130, with ear­lier rounds of 32, 37 and 30.

Fil-Am Me­dia photo

BACK AS CHAMP. Megafiber team are back as cham­pion after ral­ly­ing from nine points down to edge Luisita Golf and Coun­try Club Thurs­day to win the pre­miere se­nior Fil Cham­pi­onship crown.

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