BAGUIO—With veteran Jun Jun Plana firing an impressive round at the tough Baguio Country Club course, Manila Southwoods scored 109 points extended its lead further to 11 points over rival Luisita in the Fil-Championship of the 72nd Fil-Am Men’s Invitational.
Plana hit 10 greens at the par-61 layout and posted a two-over 63 worth 34 points. With Theody Pascual’s 26, Manfred Guangko’s 25 and Raul Miñoza’s 24, Southwoods has a 357 total with one round left in the premier senior division.
“This is not yet a safe lead. No lead is safe in BCC. For sure, it’s going to be man for man. Anything can happen. A guy can suddenly score high at BCC,” said Southwoods skipper Freddie Mendoza.
Luisita, on one hand, pooled in 103 for 346. Dan Cruz and Benjie Sumulong made 28 apiece, Eddie Bagtas contributed 25 and Marty Ilagan added 22.
“There’s one more day, so we still have a chance to make it. Since we are playing BCC, no lead is safe here. But it is going to a huge task because this means each of our player must beat the other by at least 3 points,” said designated captain Sumulong.
In other developments, Camp John Hay Hotels and Baguio Blue Bloods have wrapped up the titles in their respective divisions.
Camp John Hay Hotels produced a wire-to-wire victory as it finished with 367 and a 16-point win against Hotel Bahia in Fil-A. Monet Garcia poured in 27 points , Shean Bedi signed for 22, while Federico Mandapat and playing captain Jimmy Borromeo each had 18 for 85 points.
Baguio Blue Bloods scored 102 and a closing 344 points for the Am-A crown. Pradera Verde finished runner up with 326.