Manotoc comes to the rescue for Canlubang
DAVAO CITY – The Canlubang Golf and Country Club, showing once again that it has the determination to come back, shot an ego-inflating 142 points yesterday (Feb. 20, 2009) and it’s back in business with its rivalry with the Luisita Golf and Country Club in the Philippine Airlines Interclub’s 23 rd seniors championship.
And just when the sweet swingers from San Miguel, Tarlac threatened to run away with their 14 th championship since 1987 after a sparkling 158 at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club on opening day, Tommy Manotoc came to the rescue for the sweet swingers from Laguna.
Manotoc, whose game improves just like wine through over four decades of playing, sizzled with a one over par 71 to conquer the tree-lined Apo Golf and Country Club course to lead the Canlubang charge with the equivalent of 55 points.
Team owner Luigi Yulo backed up Manotoc with 44 points and Bing Bunye contributed 43 for 142. Together with its 140 at Rancho Palos Verdes , Cangolf has 282 to come back as Luisita’s most serious rival – again.
Luisita had a struggling round of 129 at Apo on Francis Gaston’s 46, the 42 of King Sumulong and the 41 of Freddie Mendoza to retain the lead from 18 to only five going to the third day today with 287.
“Now, we’re back in contention,” said team owner Yulo after congratulating Manotoc. “From 18 to five is something for our team.”
Echoed Manotoc, who started his golf as a teenager at Wack Wack: “The rivalry is on – again. We showed we can come back from disaster.”
Uh, Tommy, how did you do it?
“ Apo is a first class golf course, a natural. And I always enjoy playing this kind of a course. And today was no different.”
Actually, Manotoc scored four birdies against three bogeys as he showed his consistence from tee to green.
“Let’s just say my teammates and I played as a team. After all, the PAL Interclub is a team event.”
Alabang Country Club carded 127 to with a first-day 137 to place third in the championship division, followed by Manila Golf and Country Club with 120-250, Texas Golf 106-245 and Chamorro 106-212.
The Valley Golf and Country Club could only score 125 on club president Bonifacio Sumbilla’s 45 and the 40 each of Robert Alarilla and Rafael Estanislao but it was enough to retain the Founders Division lead with 260.
The Orchard Golf and Country Club came up with 138 on Louie Garcia’s 50 points, the 45 of Joe Gonzales and Mel Malabanan 43 to gain precious ground on Valley at 257. Cebu Country Club shot 138 to go with its earlier 119 to be next at 254, followed by Del Monte 129-252.
Wack Wack scored 123 to share the next place with Camp John Hay at 244, followed byVillamor 112-220, South Cotabato 94-182, EZ Par Golf 75-166, Zamboanga 83-160, SFO Alliance of Golfers 71-153 and Pittsburg 80-138.
In this event which has 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 backers with PAGCOR, Rajay Broadcasting Network, Century Park Hotel as the other sponsors. Honda Cars Davao is the hole-in-one sponsor.