By NIMROD NL QUIÑONES
Paolo Alberto and Kenneth Cue banked on consistency to bag the overall title of the 14th Island Tee at the Mactan Island Golf Club in Lapu-Lapu City over the weekend.
The big story of the tournament, however, took place late Saturday afternoon when Alejandro ‘Jun’ Dayot III nailed an ace on hole No. 15, which features an island green and is deemed as the club’s signature hole.
With most players struggling on the very dry conditions, Alberto and Cue combined for rounds of 75 and 73 points for a total of 148 in the four-day, 36-hole event that used the Modified Stableford Scoring System. Players were only allowed to use three-fourths of their current handicap.
The Island Tee is the annual member-guest tournament of the club that is located inside the Mactan Benito Ebuen Air Base.
Dayot used a Mizuno 4-iron and a Titleist ProV1 ball for the hole-in-one scored from 170 yards. The feat was witnessed by Noel Abad and Andrew Ahn.
For scoring that ace, Dayot won a Hyundai Accent from Hyundai Cebu, Php 100,000 worth of free bet coupons from Pagcor, a Sunriser motorcycle from Norkis Trading, and the cash fund for the club’s hole-in-one special.
The lowest individual gross score plum went to Jun-jun Cabajar, who fired rounds of 72 and 71 strokes. Pio Barandog bagged the lowest net honors with his two-day total of 83 points off rounds of 41 and 43.
Barandog also won the team title for Division A with Scott Reyes as they combined for rounds of 66 and 79 for an aggregate of 145 points. Runner-up honors for the premiere handicap category went to the tandem of Romano Castillon and junior golf standout Weiwei Gao who had a total of 142 on rounds of 69 and 73 points.
The Division B title went to Julian and Antonio Garcia, who fired rounds of 54 and 67 for an aggregate of 121 points. Runner-up honors went to Leo Quimco and Gilfer Alvarez with 117 on rounds of 58 and 59 points.
The father and son tandem of Jun and Daniel Yap ruled Division C with a total score of 132 points on rounds of 65 and 67. Runner-up honors went to Christian Faust and Mike Aranas with 113 points (53-60).
The duo of Ting Creus and Chito Misa topped the seniors’ division with a total of 123 points on rounds of 58 and 65. Runner-up honors went to Rolando Alberto and Masahisa Kawakami who combined for 116 points on rounds of 52 and 64.
Visyl Hansson and Diana Cummins fired rounds of 62 and 57 for an aggregate of 119 to top the ladies division. Runner-up honors went to Vergie Lou Hwang and Janeth Reid with 114 (64-50).