BACOLOD. — Cebu Country Club will shoot for the centerpiece men’s title in the Philippine Airlines Interclub starting Wednesday here and, if successful, the squad will write a piece of tournament history no team has ever done before.
Relegated to the Founders Division with three of its top players last year begging off for personal reasons, Cebu CC will try to duplicate what only one other squad has done in the past – to win the Championship diadem coming from a lower division.
Only Aguinaldo in the late 1980s managed to pull off that trick before Cebu CC duplicated it last year with masterful performances at its home course and the tricky Mactan layout in Cebu.
“We came here very prepared,” playing skipper Bayani Garcia said. “Whether we play in the Championship or Founders, we will be ready to defend our title.”
Interclub rules allow teams coming from whatever division to win the Championship crown, which Manila Southwoods is expected to dominate with a roster armed to the teeth.
That was the same scenario last year when the Carmona-based squad was shooting to win a team record fifth straight title. But Cebu spoiled the party as it played under everyone’s radar on the first day to take the lead it never relinquished.
Southwoods, Del Monte and Luisita, squads that have solid young programs, are the only teams campaigning in the Championship division.
Yuto Katsuragawa, the pro-bound Japanese, will lead Southwoods’ charge together with the reactivated Vince Lauron, the former pro who has stayed in great game shape despite attending to numerous businesses.