DAVAO CITY – Canlubang Golf and Country Club shot 153 yesterday and boosted its chances for a fourth straight Philippine Airlines Interclub senior championship.
Dave Hernandez, Jose Mari Hechanova and Tony Olives all toured the par 72 Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club course with 75s to power Cangolf with 153 points to finally dislodge Luisita Golf and Country Club at the top in the race for the premier division trophy with 435.
Luisita, which sparkled with an opening day 158, struggled with 148 and had to settle for second place on the 50 points Francis Gaston and Richie Garcia each and Bong de Guzman’s 46.
Together with its second round 129 points, Luisita goes back to the Apo Golf and Country Club with Canlubang- for today’s final round at at 434 – with just a measly point separating them.
The format requires each team to field four players a round but only the best three players would count. Freddie Mendoza made 41 for Luisita and Philip Brodett shot 47 for Canlubang.
With another display of dramatic performances both fierce rivals made dramatic assessments of what to expect in the final day.
Said Wigberto “Iggy” Clavecilla of Luisita: “We’ve never been in this kind of position in the past so we don’t to squander it. We have no choice but to give our best shots tomorrow to win. ”
Said Tommy Manotoc, Clavecilla’s opposite number as Cangolf’s top gun: “On paper, Luisita will be fielding a stronger lineup tomorrow. They should win if we play their best. If they don’t, we would.”
Despite another nerve-frazzling duel, the sweet swingers from Laguna and San Miguel, Tarlac have to share the spotlight with Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club’s Rene Silos who scored the event’s first hole-in-on.
Silos, 56, bucked 10,000 to one odds to ace Apo’s par three 147-yard fourth hole with a Callaway Fusion eight iron and a Noodle No. 1 ball to finally make his 30-year-old dream a reality.
He became the first player in this annual championship to nail down an ace while playing with Villamor’s Roberto Sabularse, Manila Southwoods’ Mar Naval and Ed Gador of Aguinaldo.
And for his effort, Silos was amply rewarded with a motorcycle from Honda Megamotors Corp. and a business class ticket to the US from PAL.
Players totaling 1,500 from 151 teams around the world are competing in the tournament including in the men’s regular next week with ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports as platinum sponsors.
Action Asia, Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 are the major sponsors with PAGCOR, Rajah Broadcasting Network and Century Park Hotel are the other supporters.
Honda Cars Davao and Honda Megamotors Corp. are the hole-in-one sponsors.
Valley Golf and Country Club carded 122 to go with its earlier rounds of 135 and 125 to retain the Founders Division lead with 384. Orchard made 120 to keep second place with 377.
Camp John Hay came up with 128 to vault to third place with 374, followed by Cebu Country Club 117-371, Wack Wack 120-364, Manila Southwoods 112-362, Del Monte 108-360, Negros 113-358 and Aguinaldo 119-341.
Mactan Island combined with 136 to keep the Sportswriters Division lead 393. Apo remained in second spot with 131 and 375, followed by Riviera 121-363, Davao 118-349, PGA British Columbia 115-341 and Philippine Navy 117-340.