BACOLOD. — With its tight, bending fairways and glass-like greens, Marapara will be the venue of the first and final rounds of the 73rd edition of the Men’s Philippine Airlines Interclub championship.
In all likelihood, that’s where the tournament will be decided.
As winds howl at this time of year, the par-71 course designed by the late great Golem Silverio will be the beast the field will need to tame.
The other course being used is Binitin that features thick tree-lined roughs, unpredictable bounces on its fairways and small greens as its final line of defense.
Cebu Country Club will open defense of the premier crown coming from a lower division in the Founders bracket, as it tries to write history that only it can own with another win this year.
Playing on home soil last year, Cebu surprised the field by coming from the Founders class, leading from the first day and never relinquishing it to duplicate what only Aguinaldo did in 1988.
Winning again this year would make Cebu as the only team to do it twice, and playing skipper Bayani Garcia is optimistic they have the tools—and the preparation—to pull it out back-to-back.
“Everyone that has come here has come very well prepared,” Garcia said. “Whether we play in the Championship or the Founders (division), we will give it our best shot and we are confident that we can do it.”