DAVAO CITY – Orchard Golf Club, Alta Vista, Iligan and Lumbia won division titles Saturday in the just-ended 31st Philippine Airlines Seniors Interclub golf team championships.
Orchard scored a runaway 20-point victory in the Founders division, collecting 545 points after four days, including a closing 137 at Palos Rancho Verde.
Louie Garcia and Ryan Abdon each had 46 points while Chito Servida added 45 for Orchard.
Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club finished with 525 points after a final-round 141. Scorers were Francis Gaston 51, Toto Rivera 46 and Lito Ong 44.
Three points behind was Manila Golf Club while Valley Golf Club and Cebu Country Club tied for fourth with 521 apiece.
Meanwhile, Alta Vista took home the Aviator trophy after nipping Manila Southwoods by a single point.
The Cebu-based squad assembled 502 points, including 128 points at Palos. Scoring for Alta Vista were Ramon Sebastian 44, Roy Damole 43 and Emir Abutazil 41.
It was a heartbreaking defeat for Manila Southwoods which had the title in the bag only to learn that one of its players signed a wrong scorecard.
Daniel Samaniego was disqualified for the infraction and as a result, Manila Southwoods slipped to second with 501 points.
Riviera Golf Club took third place with 498.
In a nerve-wracking finish, Iligan Golf and Country Club completed a come-from-behind win in the Sportswriters bracket at the expense of Baguio Country Club (BCC).
Mel Siao carded 45 points as Iligan routed BCC, 104-88, at the Apo Golf and Country Club to wind up with 415 points. Other scorers for Iligan were James Capangpangan 30 and Pal Lomondaya 29.
Third place went to San Juanico Park which finished with 412 points.
In the Friendship class, Lumbia Golf Club edged MSU Golf and Country Club by three points to win the title with 371 points.
Lumbia had 84 points at Apo courtesy of Fred Abundo 34, Ralph Garcia 30 and Leo Solis (20).
MSU wound up with 368, 10 points clear of third placer Travelers Golf Club.
Among international teams, Fil-Am Hawaii was the best performer with 481 points followed by Team Coral Ocean Point 442 and Socal Redhawk 436.
Luisita Golf Club won the championship division, ending the two-year reign of Canlubang.
Del Monte settled for third place.
However, Canlubang took a consolation when rookie Abe Rosal won the individual title with rounds of 53 and 52 points.
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.