The homeboys of Rancho Palos Verdes fought hard to the end and finished a respectable fifth place in the Aviator Division of the 70th Philippine Airlines Seniors Interclub on Saturday.
Playing the final round at home, the RPV swingers scored its second best round of the tournament with an aggregatte 117 built around the solid rounds of Deo Cura and Faisal Samanodi.
Cura recovered his old form after a listless second round which saw him limp home with a 28, this time scoring 42 points on the PAL System of Scoring. Samanodi added a 40 while Randy Cadiogan chipped in a 35. Lito Dublan’s 30 did not count in the four-to-play three-to-count team event.
Overall, RPV tallied 474 on earlier rounds of 134, 111, and 112.
Manila Southwoods topped the Aviator division with a four-day total 506. Alta Vista, RPV’s sister club from Cebu, placed second with a 502, falling short of its last day rally.
The other Davao team in the division, Lanang Golf and Country Club, wound up 11th after scoring an aggregate 431 built on rounds of 108-124,106 and 93.
Robert Te scored a team best 34 for Laanang on final day while Bong Belen added 32 and Dennis Salvador 27. The 26 of Pepito Veloso did not count.
In the Founder’s Division, co-host Apo Golf and Country Club dropped to 9th place while erstwhile contender Davao City Golf Club suffered a major letdown by falling to 11th.
Apo got a pair of 43s from Boy Tan and lawyer Manny Nitorreda while popular host Ting Castillo carded a 40 for a final round 120. Jose Tesado’s 35 did not count.
Apo tallied 494 on runds of 130-128-110-120.
The Matina-based DCGC, which tallied 488 (132-130-106-120), got 43 from Isagani Gasal, 39 from Napoleon Manajero and a 38 from Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol. The 36 of Frank Buno did not count.
Orchard topped the Founders division with a 545 (138-130-140-137) while Negros placed secpnd with a 525 and Manila Golf third with a 522.
Luisita ended the two-year reign of Canlubang by completing a wire-to-wire victory in the Championship Division.
The Tarlac-based squad, reinforced by four club champions, collected 594 points in the four-day event, beating Canlubang by 11.
The 70th PAL Interclub Platinum sponsors are Mareco Broadcasting Network, A&E Networks Asia, RMN Networks, The Manila Standard, Fox Networks Group, Rolls-Royce, TV5, MasterCard, TFC and Business Mirror.
Major sponsors include Asian Air Safari, Airbus, Primax Broadcasting Network and Sabre Airline Solutions while Corporate sponsors are Baron Travel Corporation, Boeing, MX3, GE Aviation, Bombo Radyo Philippines, Asia Brewery, Tanduay Distillers, Sabre Airline Solutions and Tourism Promotions Board.
The donors are Shangri-La at The Fort, Trinity Insurance and Eton Properties.