BACOLOD: John Kier Abdon fired 35 points to allow Orchard Golf and Country club to grab an early lead with 129 in the first day action of the 67th Philippine Airlines (PAL) Men’s interclub championship at the Bacolod golf and country club here.
The 22-year-old Abdon, playing on his last tournament as an amateur, posted one birdie from nine feet in the par 5 fifth hole that complemented two bogeys and 15 even pars for the day. He was ably supported by Raymund Vincent Sangil and Rodel Mangulabnan, who had 33 apiece.
“I made three putts in the third hole and a bunker in the par 3 18th hole. I just played my normal game. But I could have been under par if not for those blunders,” said Abdon, who will be turning professional this year.
Niko Santiano’s 28 completed the five-to-play and four to count tourney with Tonito Payumo’s 24 not counted.
“We were not expected to be at the top today. We just played our usual game. It was just like ordinary day for us,” said Orchard Golf Director Raymund Sangil, whose Dasmariñas, Cavite-based team is entering the championship division for the first time.
The Bukidnon-based Del Monte is running second with 125 on Jelbert Gamolo’s 35 and a 33 by Magno Arancon Jr. Julius Bautista had 30 and 27 from Francis Morilla.
Defending titlist Cebu Country Club with 115 is currently third as Gew Nagai posted 34, Harvey Sytiongsa 29 with 26 each from Carl Almario and Kiyofumi Takahashi. Alabang Country Club with 109 is fourth with Christopher Popp notching 30, 29 from Andres Saldana and 25 for both Ramon Garcia 3rd and Miguel Shah.
Completing the top seven cast in the premier division were Anvaya Cove with 70. Camp John Hay of Baguio City has 66 while MSU golf and country club posted 55.
Valley golf club leads the Founders division with 114 followed by Apo golf with 110, Manila Southwoods with 106, Rancho Palos Verdes with 103, Villamor golf club with 102, Riviera golf club 101 and co-host Negros Occidental Golf and country club with 100.