PAL Interclub returns to Cebu

Cebu Country Club will eye back-to-back titles in the regular division as four courses will be employed for the very first time in tournament history in the 66th Philippine Airlines Interclub golf team championships starting February 21.


Cebu, which hosts the unofficial national golf team championship for the first time in 12 years, has the luxury of the hometown advantage as its confidence was boosted after winning last year’s title over Del Monte inDavao. 


This year’s host unravels four golf courses for the event, hence the theme “4 at the Fore.”


Canlubang will defend the seniors’ title it narrowly won last year in Davao in this year’s edition set February 21-24 at the Alta Vista Golf and Country Club and Club Filipino de Cebu Golf Club. A record 100 teams, including 53 from abroad, were entered in the seniors event.


Cebu Country Club and Mactan Island Golf Club will host the regular Interclub set February 26 to March 2. More than half of the 78 squads in the regular Interclub are from overseas.


Presented by PAL, the event is sponsored by Mareco Broadcasting Network (Crossover), Solar Entertainment,PlantationBayand Media Five. It is also backed by major sponsors Manila Broadcasting Corp., Philippine Broadcasting Network, Stargate Media and Radio Mindanao Network.


Corporate sponsors include Shangri La Hotel Mactan, Boeing International Corp., Radisson Blu Hotel and Philippine Daily Inquirer. Minor sponsor is Ginebra San Miguel.


Last year, Lloyd Go contributed 70 points in two days to carry Cebu Country Club to an eight-point win over Del Monte in the Regular Interclub.


The Cebuanos finished the four-day, five-to-play, four-to-count event with 507 points. Third place went to Alabang Golf with 493 points.


Wack Wack won the Founders division with 476 points as the Mandaluyong-based team edged Orchard (461) andNegros(445).


The Sportswriters class went to Camp John Hay (411) followed by Eagle Ridge (388) andMt.Malindang(387).


In the Friendship division, Austral-Asian (303),Fil-AmHawaii(284) and PGA British Columbia (282) finished in the top three in that order.


Competition was stiff in the seniors’ tournament as Canlubang rallied in the final round to edge old rival Luisita, 571-568. Cebu Country Club landed a strong third with 566 points.


Manila Golf Club nipped Apo Golf, 524-523, to win the Founders crown whileFil-AmHawaiicame home with the Sportswriters plum with 479 ahead ofDavao(473) and Chamorro (472).


Club Intramuros bagged the Friendship class with 442 withFil-AmFlorida(389) and Southbay (384) at second and third, respectively.