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17 November 2011
Former champs dominate Mabuhay Miles Invitational
GEN. TRIAS, Cavite – Louis Bartolome Borja and Lino Magpantay, a pair of old hands in local golf, showed why they are in a class of their own when they ruled the 2011 Mabuhay Miles Elite Invitational at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club here over the weekend.

Borja, chief executive of the Philippine branch of International Marketing Group, put together a superb round spiked by four birdies, along with a tournament-best 13 pars and a lone bogey, to finish with a 69 at the Aoki course.

He thus won the low-gross title for the second time in three years, following his breakthrough victory in 2009.

Magpantay, who plays for the elite Luisita senior team in the PAL Interclub, was on even terms with Borja through the first eight holes before a disastrous double bogey on the 9th derailed his bid.  He went on to score a net 67 out of a gross 76 to finish as overall net champion for the second straight year.

The two bested a field of over 300 players – all Elite, Premier Elite and Million Miler members of Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay Miles program – who competed in drizzly conditions in the event sponsored by Allied Bank, Airbus, Boeing, GE Aviation, MasterCard International Philippines, Microwarehouse and Petron Corp.

But while the top two titles were snared by veteran former champions, the divisional honors all went to new faces.

Cipriano Abdon, president of Asian Electrosystems Corp., edged architect Wilbert Tan on the strength of more pars after both scored net 68s to win the Class A crown.  Edugivis Solis, managing director of Enerkons, Inc., was third.

The tournament had as corporate sponsors Chartis Philippines Insurance, Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Panasonic Avionics Corp., Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp. and People Asia magazine.

Over at the Faldo course, Cavite provincial board member Raymundo del Rosario won Class B by a stroke with a net 70 over a pair of CEOs, Wilfredo Maldia of FT Asia, Inc. and Tomas Efren Maceda of Southwest Gas Trading.

No one won the luxury vehicle staked by Toyota Motor Philippines for a hole-in-one.  Century Park Hotel was the official hotel of the tournament.

Class C, playing at the Norman course, was won by Sausalito, California-based Mabuhay Miles “Million Miler” Emeterio Dikitanan, whose net 69 was enough to edge management consultant Paul Carpio, whose eagle on the 15th went for naught, and Richard Santos, vice president of Cinderella Marketing Corp.

Metrobank Card Corp., Pacific Paints, Union Bank and Victorinox Travel Gear/World Traveller were the event’s minor sponsors.

Ophthalmologist Ricardo Yang topped Class D with a net 74, nosing out Alfonso Santiago, COO of Airlift Asia, and Gregorio Cayetano by a stroke.

The ladies division hailed a new champion in 21-year-old Sunshine Baraquiel, one of the game’s brightest young stars, who posted an impressive net 69 from a gross 73 – scores that would have placed her in contention for the major titles in this tournament.

Baraquiel, a member of the powerhouse ICTSI-TCC golf squad, is coming off a big victory as low medalist in the 36-hole stroke-play phase of the 81st Women’s Trans National Championship in Wyoming last July.

Danilo Gutierrez won the guest division with a net 70.

Prize donors included Alegre Beach Resort, Arya Residences by ArthaLand, Asia Brewery, Clarks Shoes/Esprit, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, Fridays Boracay Resort, Holiday Inn Galleria Manila, Hotel Intercontinental Manila, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Mandarin Oriental Manila, Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, Microtel Hotels and Resorts, Pan Pacific Manila, Radisson Blue Hotel Cebu, Regency Lagoon Resort, Super 8 Grocery Warehouse, Tanduay, and Traders Hotel Manila.

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