The Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub golf championships return to Davao City starting Feb. 15 with the holding of the Seniors’ event at the Apo Golf and Country Club and Rancho Palos Verdes .
Defending champion Canlubang heads a cast of 92 teams, including 42 international squads in the four-day seniors’ event.
Last year, the Sugar Barons completed a runaway 28-point victory over great rival Luisita, posting 620 points in Cagayan de Oro City.
Manila Golf won the Founder’s championship, edging the Cebu Country Club by a single point while Chamorro topped the Sportswriters class over Fil-Am Hawaii and Philippine Navy which tied for second place.
The Friendship bracket went to Zamboanga Golf while Southern California Red Hawks went home with the international trophy.
The seniors’ play will end on Feb. 19, two days before the start of the regular Interclub event where Del Monte is the defending champion.
A total of 75 teams, 34 of which from overseas, are entered in the regular Interclub which will miss many-time titlist Canlubang which took a leave of absence this year.
Del Monte is expected to be challenged by Cebu Country Club which tied Canlubang for second place last year.
Also returning are Founders winner Alabang Golf, Sportswriters champ Eagle Ridge, Friendship titlist PGA British Columbia and international champion Southern California Red Hawks.
The Men's Regular event runs from Feb. 22 to 25.
The Platinum sponsors for this year's PAL Interclub include Mareco Broadcasting Network, Radio High, Stargate Media and Media Five; while the major backers are Asia Brewery, Business Mirror and Airbus. Also lending support are Philippine Graphics, Boeing International Corp., GECAS, Bombo Radyo, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Moevenpick Resort & Spa Cebu, Plantation Bay and Radisson Blu Hotel.