The Manila Southwoods Masters matched Cebu Country Club’s closing output of 146 to win by a 22-point victory on Saturday and complete a first-ever three straight championship crowns in the 8th Philippine Airline Ladies (PAL) Interclub golf tournament at the Rancho Palos Verdes in Davao City.
Miya Legaspi fired 53 Molave points while Annika Cedo and Missy
Legaspi had 47 and 46 for an aggregate 146 as the talent-laden Southwoods Masters duplicated their romp in the event’s revival in 2011 in Davao City and Iloilo last year.
“It was nice to play without feeling any pressure at all. But we did not want to celebrate early. I just told the girls to be cautious and play steady. Everyone is happy to get our three-peat,” said Southwoods team captain Beachie Abiera, who didn’t count for the second straight day with a 42.
Earlier, they scored rounds of 144, 155 and 147, to finish with a 592 total, keeping their overnight 22-point lead intact as Cebu Country Cub failed to gain any headway in the final round.
The Cebuano team captain Kim Hong came up with a strong finishing
kick worth 55 points, one-under in stroke play, but Stephanie Olea and
Jyra Wong could only score 47 and 44 for that 146 and a 570 four-day total.
“We will definitely be back and stronger next year. As to whether we’ll field in the same nucleus, it will be a surprise,” said CCC General Manager Jeric Hechanova, whose squad included 12-year-old Junia Gabasa, 16-year-old Alyeska Yunam, and 14-year-old Louise Kaye Go.
Abegail Arevalo, who started for Southwoods Masters along with Lora
Roberto, Kat Gonzales and Claire Ong, took the individual crown
in the premier division with a 106, while Roberto placed second at 103
to underscore the team’s domination.
“Overall, my game was okay except for those three-putts on 10 and
13,” said Miya Legaspi, who also salvaged two pars in the four times that
she went out of regulation at the front.