PAL Men’s Regular Interclub Wack Wack surprise leader by 1

CEBU – Wack Wack, with Sammy Sy shooting 32 points and Elphege Wong steady with a 31, took command of the centrepiece Championship Division of the 68th Philippine Airlines Interclub as defending champion Orchard struggled at the Club Filipino de Cebu layout in Danao.

Sy shot the equivalent of four-over-par at the ravine-laden, up-and-down layout, boosting the squad to a second day 117 for 241 overall and a shaky one-point lead over the repeat-seeking Cavite-based squad.

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SEEING GREEN Leo Fusilero of Apo Golf Club tries to draw the line for a possible putt for par at the Cebu Country Club greens during the 68th PAL Interclub men’s regular competition. Apo Golf is at ninth place with 108 points in the Founders Class. BING GONZALES

Kit Lopez and Ernesto Marcelo contributed 27 apiece for Wack Wack, which discarded the 26 of Augusto de Jesus.

Veteran Rodel Mangulabnan submitted Orchard’s final card of 31 and propelled the team to second after a second round 111. King Stehmeier had checked in with a similar 31 in an earlier group but Orchard seemed to be in big trouble with the 27 of Peter Salvador and 22 of Niko Santiano.

Eric Borromeo, who was disqualified in the first round at Cebu Country Club for signing the wrong scorecard, turned in a 17 and did not count for Orchard.

The mediocre round of Orchard allowed a number of other squads back in the mix, with Southwoods running third just two points behind after 119 built around the 32 of Joseph Tambunting.

Vince Lauron, a former pro, fired 31, Jets Sajulga 29 and Jun Jun Plana 27 to complete scoring for Southwoods, a former tournament power when the likes of Angelo Que, Jerome Delariarte and Artemio Murakami were playing. The 24 of Manfred Guangko did not count.

Cebu CC, which is looking to win this event for the third time in the last four years, is just another two strokes behind after pooling a day-best 126 led by the level par 36 of former pro Mark Dy and the 31 of burly Bayani Garcia.

Eric Deen fired 31 points and Marko Sarmiento 29 for Cebu CC.

“We never expected to be leading this tournament,” said Wong, the team skipper who also shot 31 at Cebu CC on Wednesday. “We will embrace this and face the challenge (of winning).”

Wack Wack assembled this team for the lower Founders Division but got elevated because of the member’s combined PPA (PAL Points Average).

Hotel H20, Travelife, Boeing International Corp., Business Mirror and GE Aviation are sponsoring the PAL Interclub Seniors and Regular Men’s events. Other backers include Manila Bulletin, Mareco Broadcasting Network (Crossover), People Asia Magazine, Whealth Inc., Aerospace, Uniglobe Travelware Co. Inc., Tanduay Distillers and Intercontinental Manila.

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