BAGUIO: Manila Southwoods turned in its worst round in four days—a 127—but posted its best finish in the San Miguel Fil-Am Invitational golf tournament in years—a 35-point romp over Ventureslink-AAV Builders Robros to snap a five-year spell in the annual event at the Baguio Country Club on Sunday.
With a big 30-point lead after three days, the Southwoods golfers turned the final round into a virtual practice round, attacking the pins on the par-3 littered par-61 layout with impunity and were rewarded with that 127, their lowest output in four day that still proved to be the best in the day.
Justin Quiban played the leader’s role to the hilt and closed out with a second straight 34 under the Stableford scoring system at BCC, Chepe Dulay added a 32 and Yuto Katsuragawa and Tonlits Asistio chipped in 31 and 30 points, respectively, as Manila Southwoods capped its domination of the badly-outclassed field with a 542 aggregate.
The Carmona-based squad opened with a four-point lead over San Miguel after a 144 at Camp John Hay then padded it to 13 points despite slowing down with a 142 halfway through the four-day championship.
“I am thankful for the boys for delivering what was expected of them. I have so much confidence in them and they rewarded me with this victory,” said team captain Thirdy Escaño, member of the last Southwoods champion squad in 2009.
Rupert Zaragosa matched Quiban’s 34, Ricar Cadinato made a 33 and Ariel Villacencio and Teody Pascual scored 28 and 27, respectively, for Ventureslink, which snatched runner-up honors with a 507 after a 122 in the 65th staging of the event supported by San Miguel Lifestyle Brews, Magnolia Ice Cream, Magnolia Purewater, Petron and San Miguel Global Power.