DAVAO – Cebu Country Club, drawing a level par 72 worth 36 points from teener Lloyd Jefferson Go, zoomed out in front of everyone else in the center-piece Championship division of the PAL Interclub after taming the tough Apo Golf course yesterday.
The 17-year-old high school senior had four birdies, two bogeys and an unlikely pickup on the par-5 13th hole, but still led Cebu CC’s day-best 134 with the squad getting 35 points from Gen Nagai, the 33 of Gio Gandiongco and either 30s of Mark Dy and Eric Deen.
That was good for a 10-point lead over defending champion Del Monte as first-day leader Alabang imploded and was able to return a measly 104 points over the heavily-wooded layout.
“I’m ecstatic,” playing captain Ramontito Garcia, the second placer in the Seniors individual play last Sunday, said. “I was disappointed yesterday but today, we were able to make up for all those errors (at Rancho Palos Verdes).”
Del Monte, which is trying to win the tournament for the first time outside of home territory, also got 36 points from former national champion Clyde Mondilla but drew just 31 each from Lawrence Cubillo and Noel Langamin in a second round 124.
Magno Arancon Jr. was the last scorer for Del Monte with 26 as the squad discarded the 24 of Mark Mondilla.
Alabang couldn’t muster the same brilliance that it played with at Palos Verdes on Wednesday as the 30 points of Jama Reyes was enough to lead the team.
After getting tremendous lift from its teeners in the opening round, Alabang counted the 26s of Miguel Shah and Santiago Lorenzo and either 22s of Dax Garcia or Arnel Paras for a 104 that put the squad 29 points off the pace.
Go, who played just his second round at Apo counting the official practice round last Tuesday, could have signed for the first under-par card of the tournament had he not three-putted the 13th for his only pickup.
Meanwhile, Wack Wack grabbed the solo lead in the Founders division after Matthew Manotoc and EJ Marcelo shot 31s, also at Apo, for a second round 116 and 233 overall.
Apo and Riviera stood tied for second spot at 229 after a 122 and 121, respectively, with Orchard, which held a piece of the lead with Wack Wack after the opening round, dropping to fourth at 228 after the team was penalized two points as a result of Byron Cho holing out for a double bogey.
Fil-Am Hawaii kept the lead in the Friendship division over at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf after pooling posted 70 points to lead UPTee Jots by 14.
Willie Caliedo was Fil-Am Hawaii’s top scorer with 22points followed by Pat Viernes and Richard Peo with 20 apiece.
The platinum sponsors of the 65th PAL Interclub are Mareco Broadcasting Network, Radio High, Stargate Media, Media Five, GE, while the major backers are Asia Brewery, Business Mirror and Airbus.
Also lending support are the Department of Tourism, Philippine Graphics, Boeing International Corp., Bombo Radyo, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Movenpick Resort & Spa Cebu, Plantation Bay, Radisson Blu Hotel and Imperial Palace Waterpark & Spa Cebu.
Watch out for exciting news to be announced soon!