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Southwoods poised for PAL romp

Baguio City — Manila Southwoods expected Cebu Country Club to mount a comeback and decided to field its strongest lineup in the third round of the 11th PAL Ladies Interclub yesterday. It turned out the worries were unfounded.

Southwoods twisted the knife just a bit deeper, firing a combined output of 155 points for the day from its three players and pulled away by 35 points at the Camp John Hay golf course.

That effectively took away any drama in today’s final round and all but assured that Southwoods will march unchallenged to its sixth straight championship.

Mikhaela Fortuna leads Manila Southwoods’ third round assault. (JJ Landingin/Manila Bulletin)

Mikhaela Fortuna leads Manila Southwoods’ third round assault.
(JJ Landingin/Manila Bulletin)

“We thought Cebu would field a strong team so we decided to bring in our best too,” said Mary Claire Ong, Southwoods’s playing captain.

Indeed it was the best as the trio of Mikhaela Denise Fortuna, Bernice Ilas and Sophia Chabon posted the team’s best score. Fortuna scored 54 points (even par 68 at John Hay), Ilas had 52 points and Chabon 49.

Southwoods has a three-day total of 460 against Cebu Country Club’s 425.

Cebu  was led by sisters Junie and Irina Gabasa who scored 52 and 49 points, respectively. Mary Kim Hong, the team’s playing captain, shot 45 points for a total of 146 points.

Southwoods’s title drive is expected to be completed today, Friday, with Pauline del Rosario, the country’s leading woman amateur player, leading the charge. She is also poised for a shot at the individual honor after shooting one-under-par 67 in her first outing the other day.

Fortuna, a sweet-swinging 15-year-old, had two birdies and two bogeys for the day as the field finally played in gorgeous sunshine after two days of rain and chilly weather.

CANGOLF LISTUP

Registration for the Canlubang Amateur Open ends today with the organizers expecting another stellar field in the premier men’s championship and the ladies division at the Canlubang Golf and Country Club’s North and South courses in Laguna.

For details, emailcgcc.golfandsports@gmail.com.

Fee is pegged at P3,000 and P1,000 (members) (championship) and P2,800 and P1,000 (members) for ladies and Classes A, B and C, inclusive of one free practice round.

The 16th staging of the annual event, put up by Cangolf as part of its continuing effort to boost amateur golf and help discover fresh talents, will be played Oct. 12-14 with the championship/men’s division to be disputed over 54 holes under stroke play and the ladies and Classes A, B and C categories to be played over 36 holes in the last two days under the stroke play handicap format.

Pauline del Rosario is expected to defend her crown while the battle for the men’s crown is expected to be fierce with last year’s runner-up Jelbert Gamolo and third placer Ira Alido heading the cast with last year’s champion Jobim Carlos now in the pro ranks.