Cebu Country Club won its first-ever overall crown in the annual Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub Golf Tournament last weekend in Davao City.
While the Cebuanos once reigned supreme in the second-ranked Founders Division, this is the first time that it took home the title in the premiere Championship Division.
The teams in the PAL Interclub are classified under four categories – Championship, Founders, Sportswriters, and Friendship.
Cebu Country Club defeated last year’s champion Del Monte Golf Club of Bukidnon in their two-way battle for the title.
When the smoke cleared, the Cebuanos won the crown via an eight-point difference while third place went to hard-luck Alabang, which had the best score during the first, third, and fourth rounds, but had a disastrous second day.
The teams in the Championship Division played the first round at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club where Alabang took a one-point lead over Cebu and Del Monte.
The Cebuanos pulled away with a huge second day effort at the Apo Golf and Country Club and there was no looking back from there.
Well, the final round did have Del Monte closing the gap and even tying the count after six holes, but the Cebuanos managed to get their acts together to protect their lead.
The junior golfers in the team – Gio Gandionco, Lloyd Jefferson Go, and Gen Nagai proved to be the biggest assets of the team as they led the team’s scorers.
Gandionco fired rounds of 33 and 34 both at Apo while Go shot 36 and 34 also both at Apo.
Nagai fired 34 at Palos Verdes then made 35 in Apo that earned him the first runner-up honors for the individual category.
The other members of the team were club president Montito Garcia, Bayani Garcia, Jovi Neri, Marko Sarmiento, Mark Dy, Carl Almario, and Eric Deen.
The team is looking forward to defending its crown at home soil in the 66th PAL Interclub, which will be held in Cebu next year.
Other Cebu teams that saw action in the tournament were Alta Vista in the Founders class, and Mactan Island Golf Club and Club Filipino in the Sportswriters division.
The PAL Interclub is regarded as the annual club championships of the Philippines.
Gen Nagai, 15 years old, showed solid performance on both courses to take the first runner-up honors for the individual awards of the championship flight.
Gio Gandionco, 16 years old, played as the anchor of the team and sank this six-foot birdie putt on the final hole to the delight of his teammates.
Bayani Garcia give Gio Gandionco a hug as the members of the Cebu Country Club team celebrate their maiden championship.
At 17 years old, Lloyd Jefferson Go was the top performer of the team in terms of point production shooting rounds of 36 and 34 in the PAL Points System.
Club president and most veteran teammate Ramontito Garcia is given a victory ride.
PAL President Jaime Bautista and PAL Interclub Chairman Doming Duerme awarded the championship trophy to Cebu Country Club.
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