BACOLOD CITY – John Kier Abdon fired 35 points to power Orchard
Golf and Country Club to the top with 129 in first day action of
the 67th Philippine Airlines Men’s Interclub championship at the
Bacolod golf and country club here.
Aided by fair weather. the 22-year-old Abdon, playing his last tournament as an amateur, posted birdied from nine feet in the par 5 fifth hole to complement his two bogeys and 15 pars for the day.
He was supported by Raymund Vincent Sangil and Rodel Mangulabnan, who each had 33.
“I three-putted the third hole and bunkered 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 was not counting.
“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 Dasmarinas, Cavite-based team is in the championship division for the first time.
The Bukidnon-based Del Monte was second with 125 on Jelbert Gamolo’s 35, Magno Arancon Jr.’s 33, Julius Bautista’30 and Francis Morilla’s 27.
Defending titlist Cebu Country Club, one of the favorites, was a far third with 115. Gew Nagai hit 34 but Harvey Sytiongsa had only 29 and Carl Almario and Kiyofumi
Takahashi, 26 each.
A far fourth was Alabang Country Club with 109.
Completing the top seven cast in the premier division were Anvaya Cove with 70, Camp John Hay of Baguio City (66) and MSU Golf and Country Club (55).
Valley Golf Club leads the Founders division with 114 followed by Apo Golf (110), Manila Southwoods (106), Rancho Palos Verdes (103), Villamor Golf Club (102), Riviera Golf Club (101) and co-host Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club (100).
This year’s Interclub is co-sponsored by CrossOver with Boeing, Philippines Graphic, Stargate Media (People Asia) and Rogue as corporate backers.