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MSW’s Fil, Am squads open with double digit lead in Champ flights

THE KING HAS NOT RETURNED. King Stehmeier of X1R Tipsypig Mizuno Team 1 misses a birdie putt at the Camp John Hay hole 8 to start his team’s bid in the premier Fil Championship. However, his team, a former Fil Championship winner has 107 points on opening day for sixth and last spot.

Carl Jano Corpuz and Gabriel Manotoc assembled identical three under 66 for 39 points at the Camp John Hay course as they power Manila Southwoods to a tournament best team total of four under worth 148 points and take a 19 point lead to open their title retention bid in the premier Fil Championship flight.

Despite a pick up for the team’s most veteran player on the par 4 third hole, Corpuz made birdies on the three longest holes (par 5 holes 1, 16 and 17) and at the second and 18th to nullify the pick up and bogey at the par 4 seventh.

Manotoc, on the other hand, had an eagle at the par 4 12th, made five birdies (1, 4, 10, 13 and 16) but was marred with four bogeys on the 6th, 11th, 14th and 18th to settle for his score.

Jae Hyun Jung came up with a one under 68 for 37, while Aidric Chan chipped in 33 for the team’s total with Kristoffer Arevalo failing to count after a 29.

Forest Hills Team 1 had a three under 66 for 39 from Rocky Kristian Co and 129 to take second spot. The contributors for the team Edison Tabalin (32), Rodel Mangulabnan (30) and Augusto Pacheco (28).  Jose Inigo Raymundo did not count after a 25.

Januarius Golf Team 1 made its debut with a third best 121 on the one over of Terence Macatangay for 35, 33 of Ronald Kirby Lachica and 31 of former pro Raymund Sangil.

SPES Team 1 (116), Time Cargo Logistics Team 1 (110) and X1R Tipsyg Mizuno Team 1 (107) are at the fourth to sixth spots.

In Am Championship at the Baguio Country Club course, Manila Southwoods started as hot to come out with 120 points and a 17 lead over Royal Northwoods.

Lanz Uy topbilled for the Carmona, Cavite team which has the most titles in the Fil-Am as he came out with 34 points, or a two over 63, at the short and tricky BCC layout.

Shinichi Suzuki has 31 points, Masaichi Otake with 28 and Josh Jorge came in with a 25 to count.

Northwoods has 103 points on the pair of 28s from Tristan Padilla and Zachary Vollaroman, a 26 from Patrick Tambalque and 21 from Santino Pineda.

At third spot is Riviera – Batangas Barakos with 95 after a 28 from Erik Escalona, 26 from Gerald Katigbak, 23 and 18 from Eric Gozo and Michael Mendoza, respectively.Valley Golf, Team Surigao Norcal and Leeward Fil-Am of Hawaii occupy the fourth to sixth spots with 90, 87 and 81, in that order.

Meanwhile, George Punasen shot a three over 33 and power Camp John Hay to a second day 111 and 228 points for a pace setting 228 points in Fil A at the CJH course in the 72nd Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament Wednesday.

Ranz Louie Balay-odao and Emilio Curran each carded a 29 and 28 points, respectively, while assistant Baguio prosecutor Melchor Rabanes chipped in 21 to count for the co-host team which now leads by nine points.

With a 27 from first day top scorer Dennis Nicomedes, who shot a three under for 39 on day one, and the same score chalked by Joe Nathan Tenefrancia, the team netted 105 to go with its opening day of 114 for 219 points.

Summit Point Team 1 shot 109 points for a two day total of 212 and third spot.

Joseph Tambunting fired 26 points and power Time Cargo Logistics Team 2 to 92 points for a two day total of 182 and up its lead in Am A to 14 at the Baguio Country Club golf course.

Renie Floro scored 23, David Guangko and Rusty Bayani chipped in 22 and 21 to count for the team which had celebrity Derek Ramsay failing to count for the second straight day after a 20.

Forest Hills Team 2 moved to second spot after an 84 for 168 points and now leads first round co-leader E-Sparta by four after the latter’s 74 and 164 net midway to the tournament.

In Fil D, 3k Rock Eng’g and Const. Corp Team 1 carded 89 points for 185 and now leads first round-leader A1 MGC by 10 points.

Mars Mudon paced 3K Rock with 26 points, former Department of Transportation and Communication – Cordillera director Socrates Suayan had 23 points, while Rex Balong-angey and Francis Cuyop counted with their 22 and 18, respectively.

A1 MGC faltered with a 79 at the par-69 CJH layout and a two day total of 175, the same second day score for the Mountaineers Golf Team of Kalinga Rep. Allen Jesse Mangaoang and Apayao Gov. Elias Bulut, Jr. which moved up to third with 159 points.

Cool Jocks Team 2, meanwhile, saw its seven point lead cut to three after making 62 points for 135, which is now three up on Elkon Turkiye which shot its second straight 66. Tiyo Paeng – Tsikoy, is just a shot down at 132 after a 67 to go with its opening 64. Team GOC Kuyangs is another shot down after a 68 and 130, thanks to a two penalty during the opener of 64. Pigeon Lobien

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