Luisita begins title defense

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    BACOLOD CITY — Luisita starts defense of its title when the 34th Philippine Airlines Seniors Interclub golf team championships kick off Wednesday at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club (NOGCC) and the Bacolod Golf Club.

    Luisita is hoping for a good start, according to Luisita captain Jeric Hechanova.

    “It is important for us to play well on the first day and hopefully lead or just a few strokes behind the leaders,” said Hechanova ,who is fielding virtually the same team that scored a three-point victory over Canlubang last year in Cebu City.

    Only Edmund Yee is not around for Luisita, his spot taken by returnee Jingy Tuason.

    The other Luisita players are Eddie Bagtas, Benjamin Sumulong, Chino Raymundo, Chito Laureta, Rafael Garcia, Rodel Mangulabnan and Demetrio Saclot.

    Hechanova said they are counting on their veterans to deliver, “but nevertheless try their best and display good sportsmanship to the highest level.”

    Standing in Luisita’s way are Canlubang, NOGCC and Cebu Country Club (CCC) which complete the championship division.