By NIMROD NL QUINONES
Mactan Island Golf Club (MIGC) bagged the title of the Sportswriters Division of the 71st Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub Golf Tournament played at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country club (Marapara) and Bacolod Golf and Country Club (Binitin) saving the Cebu teams from a drought in the annual tournament.
Mactan had the title in the bag after three rounds, but still needed to make enough on the final day Sunday, which they played in Marapara, to make sure that they bring home the title.
The other Cebu teams failed to make it to the podium.
Gerardo Catindoy led MIGC on the final round by scoring 25 points in the long and windy course. Also counting for the team total in the five-to-play, four-to-count format using the PAL Points (Stableford) System were Elvis Jequinto 24, Pio Barandog 23, and Eddie Benigay 21. The 14 of Vic Radaza did not count.
Catindoy is an Army colonel while Barandog is a policeman as well as Benigay, who recently retired as police Chief Superintendent. Jequinto is a retired colonel of the Air Force.
Other members of the team were Major General Nick Parilla, commander of the Air Mobility Command based in Mactan, retired Air Force general Bam Jamorabo, Romeo ‘Jay-R’ Aguilon, Alfredo Cabajar, and Armand Guangko.
MIGC finished with a total of 389 points on rounds of 88, 105, 103, and 93.
Second place in the fourth-ranked group went to Guinhalaran with 372 (89-95-89-99) and third place went to co-host Bacolod with 355 points edging Club Filipino de Cebu in the tie-breaker.
Bacolod fired rounds of 786, 86, 102 and 93 for a total of 357, but in the second round the team was slapped a two point penalty after one of its players played another stroke even if playing for no more point, which left it with 355.
Club Filipino made 355 on rounds of 80, 98, 90, and 87 and lost by virtue of a lower last day score. Counting on the last day for CFIC were Dominic Gotiong 25, Teddy Almario 23, Raymond Garcia 20, and Nilo Seno 19. The 16 of Paolo Alberto did not count.
OTHER CEBU TEAMS
Cebu Country Club, which played under the second-ranked Founders Division, finished fourth with a total of 448 on rounds of 108, 115, 109, and 116.
Forest Hills pulled the rug from under erstwhile leader Wack Wack to win the title with a total of 460 points (117-106-110-127). Second place went to Villamor, which came from nowhere to score a total of 454 (110-103-106-135) while third place went to Wack Wack with 450 (111-121-106-112).
Bayani Garcia led the final day surge for CCC with three-over-par 33 points and also counting for the team were Gion Gandionco 29, Mark Dy 28, and Eric Deen 26. The 23 of Marc Gonzalez did not count.
In the third-ranked Aviator Division, Alta Vista Golf and Country Club finished seventh with 365 points on rounds of 84, 104, 89, and 88.
The title went to co-host NOGCC with a runaway 441 points (105-115-112-109) while second place went to Santa Elena with 400 and third to Sherwood Hills with 392.
Fourth to sixth were Rancho Palos Verdes 383, Sarangani 368, and Stanford 368.
Alta Vista’s last day effort was led by Weiyu Gao with 27 points and also counting were Eric Kong 23, Marvin Mendoza 21, and either of the 17s of Jun Zambo and Sir Cross Abarintos.
Abarintos scored a hole-in-one Saturday on No. 18 of Binitin.
The overall title of the tournament went to Manila Southwoods with 551 points followed by Luisita with 510 and Canlubang with 502.
The Interclub’s Platinum sponsors this year are Primax Broadcasting, RMN and Fox, while major sponsors are BusinessWorld Publishing, Rolls Royce, TV5, Philippine Standard.
Other sponsors include Boeing, Under Armour, Eton Properties and Asia Brewery.