Manila Southwoods got its A-Team performing at full throttle yesterday and, after several failed bids, finally scored its first-ever repeat as PAL Interclub Men’s champion.
National pool member Justin Quiban tamed the Mountain View layout of the Mimosa in Clark Field, Pampanga, carding a week-best five-under-par 67 for 41 points to spearhead Southwoods to a closing 141 and a 10-point victory over Canlubang.
Quiban gunned down 10 birdies—a mark considered as a record in Interclub play—in a superlative round that also underscored his readiness to turn pro and give Southwoods the finishing kick it needed to break away from a tight match with the Sugar Barons at the start of the day.
Yuto Katsuragawa assembled 37 points, the veteran Jun Jun Plana was efficient with 34 and Ryan Monsalve scored 29 as the Carmona-based squad tallied 552 and finally won back-to-back titles after two failed bids in a rich history in the event unofficially known as the country’s team golf championship.
Jobim Carlos fired 37 points to pace Canlubang but didn’t get enough help with Carl Corpus and Aidric Chan shooting 33 and 32, respectively, and the Sugar Barons’ fourth man, Gab Manotoc, tallying just 30 for 132 and 542 overall.
Cangolf started the fourth round just a point behind but simply couldn’t keep up with Quiban’s smoking hot play.
“There was no doubt we had the best team in the final round,” Southwoods non-playing skipper Thirdy Escano told reporters. “I would like to congratulate the organizers for discarding the handicapping system. It’s good for Philippine golf.”
Luisita, a team being prepared for the future, drew 39 points from Brian Kim and 34s from Chan Jung-park and Lanz Uy, and with Gido Mandanas shooting 30, tallied 137 for the day for 531 and third spot, ahead of 2014 champion Orchard.
Former pro Raymund Sangil shot 38 and Krsitoffer Arevalo fired 35 as Orchard assembled its best round of the week, a 139, to finish with a 520 total. Tomas Joson and Niko Santiano fired 33 each for Orchard.
Cebu Country Club, meanwhile, closed out with 124 points built around burly Bayani Garcia’s 35 and the 33 of Mark Dy, to rule the Founders Division by eight points over hard-fighting Villamor with 468 total.
Marko Sarmiento fired 30 and Jon Alvarez had 26 for Cebu, which threw away the 26 of Jovi Neri at the Lake View and Acacia nines.
Richard delos Santos fired 37 and ex-pro turned businessman Gary Sales had 36 as Villamor pooled 132 but fell short in its last-ditch rally. A third round 103 did Villamor after it had set the first round pace with a 119.
Tagaytay Highlands pooled 113 and was third another four points behind.