A pair of teenagers lifted defending champion Manila Southwoods-Masters to a four-point lead over rival Cebu Country Club Tuesday at the start of the 11th Philippine Airlines Ladies Interclub golf team championships at the Camp John Hay golf course in Baguio City.
Rookie Bernice Ilas, 14, and Sophia Chabon, 15, delivered for the five-time champions, scoring 54 and 52 points, respectively.
Ilas mixed four birdies with four bogeys to finish at even par 68 while Chabon returned a 70 on two birdies against four bogeys.
Counting Lora Roberto’s 47 points, the SW-Masters totaled 153 points.
“As long as we’re up, it’s a good day,” said SW playing captain Claire Ong.
SW-Masters was forced to use only three players after one of its players, Andrea Pineda, failed to make the trip due to her studies.
CCC, out to end SW-Masters’ five-year reign, rode on Crystal Faith Neri’s 57 points to stay in contention.
Neri made six birdies against three bogeys to score the day’s best score.
Sisters Irina and Junia Gabasa shot 48 and 44 points, respectively to round out CCC’s scoring. Ryoko Nagai failed to count with 34 points.
In the Founders division, Alabang Country Club surged on top with 145 points behind Ma. Josefina Gorres (51), Rita Horan (47) and Marilyn Reyes (47).
Valley Golf South, powered by Marielle Isabela Tee’s 49 points, took second spot with 140 followed by Orchard Team A with 131 points.
Eagle Ridge was the leader in the Sportswriters class after submitting 121 points.
Scoring for Eagle Ridge were Lita Samson 47, Erlinda Goble 40 and Leonila Patricio 34.
Two points behind was Camp Aguinaldo Team A while Apo Golf was running third with 115 points.
A three-horse race was shaping up in the Friendship bracket among Wack Wack (99), Victorias (97) and Alabang Ladies Golf Chapter (95).