Pueblo Golfers Grab Interclub Lead


CEBU CITY – Pueblo de Oro stormed ahead of the Philippine Airlines
Interclub seniors’ golf tournament Thursday following the exceptional
performance of two Cebu-born golfers at the Alta Vista Golf Club.


Clifford Celdran, who retired as Cebu Country Club general manager
last year, fired a one-under par 71 for 55 points while Victor
Yuvallos, a club member, added 52.


With Ed Yap chipping in 46, Pueblo de Oro posted 153 points, six shots
ahead of Luisita and eight up on defending champion Canlubang.


Celdran, who had three birdies against two bogeys, said they did not
expect to contend, adding they just got lucky.

Overshadowed by Pueblo’s surprise strong showing was Luisita Golf
Club which drew an exceptional performance from Philippine Sports
Commission chairman Richie Garcia.


Garcia, the 67-year-old sports czar, matched par at the Alta Vista
Golf Club to lead Luisita with 54 points. He had four birdies against
the same number of bogeys.


Francis Gaston shot 47 and Seve Roxas-Chua added 46 as Luisita
collected 147 points in the four-to-play, three-to-count event.
Minieng Maravilla failed to count with 45.


Defending champion Canlubang was two points behind with 145 points.


Mari Hechanova led the Sugar Barons with 50 points, Rolly Viray added
49 and Rene Unson chipped in 46. Bing Bunye’s 42 did not count.


A four-horse race shaped up in the Founders division with Manila Golf
Club surging in front with 146 points.


Bryan Cockrel fired 52 while Fausto Preysler tallied 49 for Manila
Golf Club. The 45 of either Arsenic Lacson or Severo Jose Tuason also


A point behind was Los Angeles-based Red Hawk who drew 50 from Robert
Welsh 50, 49 from David Capistrano and 46 from Jimmy Velasco.


Host Alta Vista took third spot with 142 points, thanks to Akira
Hatano’s 48, Edgardo Acain’s 47 and Agapito Suan’s 47.


Cebu Country Club, one of the pre-tournament favorites, had a modest
start of 141.


CCC received 49 from Masatsugu Ochiai, 48 from Edito Tirol and 44 from
Seok Kim Kwang.


CCC president Ramontito Garcia said that while they had a
disappointing start, he remains upbeat about their chances.


“I believe that anyone who scores well at Club Filipino will have the
best chance of winning,” said Garcia.


The event is being sponsored by the Department of Tourism, 105.1
Crossover, Solar Sports, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, 92.3 FM Radyo
5, Araneta Coliseum and AXN. Major sponsors are Airbus, Manila
Broadcasting Corporation, Philippine Broadcasting Network, People
Asia, Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror and ABS-CBN The Filipino
Channel (TFC).


Corporate sponsors include Radisson Blu Hotel, Shangri-La Resort &
Spa, Boeing, Inquirer Golf Magazine, Philippines Graphic and Manila