BACOLOD. — Manila Southwoods couldn’t dominate on a day it was supposed to be playing an easier course, shooting just 115 points at Binitin in Murcia town Thursday to allow two Founders Division bets to creep into contention for the overall championship of the 73rd PAL Interclub Men’s tournament.
Sean Ramos scored a four-over-par 74 worth 32 points as Southwoods tallied 237 after 36 holes, just three points ahead of Forest Hills and seven in front of another Founders entry in Tagaytay Highlands and regular Championship division bet Del Monte.
The Bukidnon-based squad made the biggest move of the day by shooting 124, also at Binitin, after Romeo Jaraula shot 35 and Crispin Aparilla accounted for 32, even as defending overall champion Cebu CC faded even more with just 109 points at Marapara to trail Southwoods by 12 Forest Hills by nine in the Founders class.
Tournament format counts any team coming from the lower divisions as eligible to win the overall title.
But with tournament organizers penciling the schedule for the Championship and Founders classes on different courses the whole week, they won’t be playing side-by-side in the last two rounds.
“I just think that it’s unfair for all of the teams in contention, because we will all be playing under different conditions,” Southwoods non-playing captain Thirdy Escano, after getting 29 points each from Kristoffer Arevalo and Masaichi Otake and 25 from Jun Jun Plana, said.
Inigo Raymundo suited up for the second straight day and led Forest Hills with 34 points, with former US NCAA standout Jude Eustaquio accounting for 30 to make up the bulk of the club’s second round 116 points.
Jenz Tecson scored 30 points and Jolo Magcalayo 29 for Tagaytay Highlands, which pooled a second straight 115 to wheel into contention with a 230 aggregate like Del Monte.