BACOLOD CITY: Francis Gaston fired 51 points while Bong Sison had 50 as Luisita regained the 28th Philippine Airlines Seniors Interclub golf championship on Sunday at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club (NOGCC).
Luisita’s victory at least foiled Canlubang’s four-peat bid after outscoring its great rival in the final day.
“Bong Sison did well against Viray. I think that was the key,” said Gaston, who nipped reigning national seniors champion Abe Avena by two while Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Richie Garcia tallied 46 points to beat Mari Hechanova by two.
Luisita’s Iggy Clavecilla did not count again with 42, but can take
pride in beating Canlubang counterpart Sasa Mazakazu by eight points.
The Tarlac-based squad scored 147 points to finish the four-round event with 564 points, two points ahead of Canlubang.
It was one of the closest winning margins in Interclub history.
Canlubang could not hold on to its two-point overnight lead, collecting just 143 points.
“We’re happy because we won again. Even if this comes every four years,” Gaston said. The last time Luisita won the Interclub was in 2010 also at the NOGCC.
In an exciting battle for third place, Manila Golf leaned on OV
Espiritu’s 52 points to pip Orchard by one point. Manila Golf rallied with 140 points to nip Orchard by a point with 536. OV Espiritu led Manila Golf with 52 points while Jaime Fernandez and Alex Prieto added 45 and 43, respectively. Orchard settled for fourth while Cebu Country
Club came in fifth.