• Manotoc comes back for Sugar Barons

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    The ceremonial tee-off to kick off this year’s Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub Seniors tournament in Cebu City was led by PAL President Jaime J. Bautista (center), PAL Senior VP Ismael Augusto Gozon (right), and Major Gen. Renato Sanchez, general manager of Mactan Island Golf Club.

    The ceremonial tee-off to kick off this year’s Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub Seniors tournament in Cebu City was led by PAL President Jaime J. Bautista (center), PAL Senior VP Ismael Augusto Gozon (right), and Major Gen. Renato Sanchez, general manager of Mactan Island Golf Club.

    CANLUBANG will be armed to the teeth this week when the Sugar Barons try to wrest the Philippine Airlines (PAL) Seniors Interclub title away from archrival Luisita at the Mactan Island and Club Filipino layouts in Cebu.

    Tommy Manotoc returns to the Cangolf roster after a two-year absence and will again lead the squad when it seeks to bounce back from a narrow loss to the Luisitans last year in Bacolod.

    Senior action gets going tomorrow with the Regular Men’s Championship to start Wednesday next week at Club Filipino and Cebu Country Club. Orchard is the defending men’s champion.

    Manotoc served two years as president of the National Golf Association of the Philippines during his absence and battled health issues that prevented him from also playing the Interclub.

    Back in peak health and able to play a lot of golf again after stepping down last year, Manotoc is again listed as the man to beat in individual play and will be the anchor of Canlubang that last won also in Cebu two years ago.

    “I’m excited to see old friends and play with them again,” Manotoc, whose term as NGAP president included a first championship in 17 years for the Philippines in the Putra Cup in 2013, said.

    “Playing in the Interclub, especially for Canlubang, and doing battle with Luisita is something we look forward to every year,” Manotoc, a many-time individual champion, said. “The competition will be fierce but friendly at the same time.”

    Old hands Dave Hernandez, Rolly Viray, Mari Hechanova and Tony Olives will again be there for the Sugar Barons, while Francis Gaston, Richie Garcia and ex-pro Eddie Bagtas will again spearhead the Luisitans.

    Final round action will be at Club Filipino, a bending, up-and-down course designed in a mountain where precision will be the premium.

    Fielding will as usual be key for both sides with the event to end at Mactan, a course right beside the airport where the greens are small and the roughs tall.

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