CEBU: Tonlits Asistio, just over three years removed from surviving an attempt on his life, on Saturday fired a two-under-par 70 worth 38 points and powered Southwoods to its first Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub Men’s Championship in more than a decade.
Asistio barely missed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th but still put an exclamation point to a swashbuckling effort as anchor as Southwoods pooled a closing 128 at tree-lined Cebu Country Club here to dethrone Orchard by two points with a 493 total in one of the event’s most exciting finishes ever.
Orchard fought doggedly hard in its quest for a repeat but fell agonizingly short as Raymund Sangil’s 34, and the 33s of Kristoffer Arevalo and JP De Claro made up the bulk of its final round 127 for 491 with Cebu CC finishing another seven points behind in third.
Wack Wack, which formed a team originally for the lower Founders Division, got 35 points from the veteran Tommy Manotoc and was fourth with a 480 after 123 with the young Del Monte squad checking in another two points behind at 478 after 121.
National pool member Justin Quiban finished bogey-bogey but still salvaged a level 36 as he and Asistio both eagled the par-5 16th which erased a four-point deficit to Orchard going into the last five holes.
Ryu Ken Yasuma and Escano fired 27s and were the last scores that counted for Southwoods, which discarded the 26 of Teody Pascual, who blew up in his final nine holes after hitting an umbrella girl with his tee shot on No. 10.
What he did was knock an 9-iron from 160 yards out stiff to just four feet of the cup for that eagle before finishing par-par. “This just feels great. I am very happy for the team,” Asistio said.
This Interclub will be the last for Asistio, who took eighth place in the qualifying tournament of the local tour two months ago while promising to be the best player that he can be.
Aian Arcilla fired 27 points to complete scoring for Orchard, while Montito Garcia, also a senior standout like Manotoc, paced all Cebu CC scorers with 35 with Eric Deen and Marko Sarmiento shooting 31s and Gen Nagai managing just 29.
Wack Wack drew 33 points from Ernesto Marcelo and 31 from Gabriel Manotoc with John Gobing contributing 24.
Meanwhile, Socal Red Hawk ruled the Sportswriters Division by 30 points over Stanford after closing out with 99 points over at Club Filipino de Cebu in Danao for the 420 total.
Stanford fired 102 and nipped by four for second spot. Iloilo shot 100 points for 386 overall.