Defending champion Canlubang on Friday drew a pair of 49s from national reigning seniors champion Abe Avena and Rene Unson Friday to lead rival Luisita by nine points in the 21st Philippine Airlines Seniors Interclub golf team championships at the Binitin golf course in Bacolod City.
Avena made a rousing team debut by scoring one birdie against six bogeys, while Unson recovered from a two-point penalty for making a wrong drop on the seventh hole to power the Sugar Barons who assembled 143 points at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club.
With Mari Hechanova counting with 45 points, the Sugar Barons have a two-day total of 286 points. Canlubang skipper Luigi Yulo, who did not count with 34 points, said he would like to see Rolly Viray contend for the individual crown after firing 51 points at the Binitin course.
To qualify for the individual title, a player must see action in both courses.
Luisita had the first round by a single point.
Francis Gaston led Luisita with 47 points, but had little support
from his teammates. Seve Roxas Chua had 44 points while Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia limped home with 42.
Iggy Clavecilla, returning after a two-year absence, did not
count with 38 points.
Manila Golf grabbed third place with 137 points from Fausto Preysler (47), Alex Prieto (45) and Manoling Chan (45). But
Manila still trails Canlubang by 20 points.
Orchard slid to fourth with 262 after tallying 125 Friday.
Scorers were Joe Gonzales (43), Ryan Abdon (41) and Chito Servida
Cebu Country Club slid to fifth place with 261 points. Montito Garcia led CCC with 49 points with Jeric Hechanova and Lor
Alaan adding 44 and 40.