BAGUIO CITY — Project Lazarus took a two point lead powered by the one over 70 of Francisco “King” Sumulong for 35 points on their third day of play in the ongoing 66th Fil-Am Amateur Golf Tournament at the Baguio Country Club (BCC) and Camp John Hay (CJH) fairways.
The big guns in the championship flight are taking a rest day today in preparation for their decider at the CJH links on Wednesday and Thursday.
The nearly flawless round of Sumulong which saw him assemble four birdies against a lone pick up at the par 4 fifth, netted Lazarus 107 points for a three day aggregate of 273 and a two shot lead on first round leader BCC.
BCC, on the other hand, remained at second spot as Bong Garcia and Mars Garcia, who was penalized with two points on day two, assembling 32 and 31, respectively, as the team made 105 points and three day score of 271.
Round two leader Camp Aguinaldo struggled with a 93 and 264 total to fall to third spot.
Philip del Carmen and Benjie Favis had 21 each as they helped BCC to 75 and 259 total to retain the lead in Seniors Am-A.
That is six shots off Residences at Brent which made 77 and 253 total.
Fairgolf Club of Sydney had 74 and 234 total to remain at third spot.
That as Team Ironeagle Hebron Builders assembled 94 points and force a three way tie atop the leaderboard in Regular Fil F actions.
Roger Manjares shot 29 points as Ironeagle tallied 179 points in two day of action to draw tie with Razcals II and NBI Golf Team 157, which shot 93 and 85, respectively.
Waterlympics Clark had the flight best of 96 and is just two off the leader, while round one leader Veterans Golf Club drew a two point penalty and is just another three shot down in what tournament co-chair Tim Allen as the toughest Fil-Am golf in years.
Andy Austria had 31 points while former senator and action star Lito Lapid had 27 as Team Stallion made 104 and 204 total to take a 20 point lead in Am F action.
GMJ 2005 Const. & Dev. Corp. had 89 points for 184 which is good for second spot, while Apol Golf Club – North is a shot down after an 85.
Three teams appear to be headed for a showdown in Fil-G with their scores so close after three rounds of action. Isabela Builders slowed down with 77 for 238 points and a two shot lead on Subic Bay Golfers which made 89, while opening leader EK Amigo is another two shots down after a 90.
Team Integral slowed down at the BCC course but is virtually the Am-G champion after increasing its lead to 31 with a round remaining.
Integral had 84 and 281 total while Anagen Hair Growers and Team Stallion are at 250 to occupy the second and third spots.
Meanwhile, San Miguel hopes to bounce back at the longer CJH golf course with Eddie Bagtas and Tommy Manotoc leading the charge for San Miguel which is staring at nine point deficit in the premiere Seniors Fil-Championship.
“Baka naman sa John Hay na kami makahabol,” said Bagtas whose company of long hitters where at a big disadvantage at the short BCC course.
More so that they will now have Tommy Manotoc who was sidelined the first two days of action because the 66 year old veteran needed a cart to play which is forbidden at the Club.
“I am more hopeful now,” said Bagtas, who toured the two fairways in the late 70s and early 80s as an amateur with golf legend Frankie Minoza.
Manila Southwoods erected a three point lead on the resurgent Pugo Adventure Monday with Edmund Yee assembling the best score at the BCC yet with 34, a two over 63, for the team’s 110 and 214 total.
Southwoods was staring at a two point deficit going into the second round but was steadier than most of the teams in the said flight except for Pugo which made the best score of 111 that catapulted the defending champions from fifth and last to second with 211 points.
It was the challenge that made them work harder especially against the fancied San Miguel, described Yee whose team was supposed to be tied at the lead on day one but for the penalty of its fifth man Charlie Kim.
“This is a really difficult course, maybe I need another round here,” described the South Korean who made 19 on day two and again did not count in the tournament title presented by San Miguel.
Day one leader CJH had 100 points and 206 total, to fall to third spot, a shot ahead of San Miguel, but is still in a very good position to snatch the lead in the next rounds at their home course.
Megafiber, the 2013 champion, struggled with 98 for 200 and is lodged at the last spot in said flight.
Tee time is late early or starting at 8am tomorrow, November 25, for the championship flight where all believe that CJH is the deciding battleground.
The event is presented also by Toyota which bankrolled two Toyota Vios cars for the hole in one at the 10th and 18th holes of the BCC and CJH courses, respectively.
The event is also backed by Petron, Magnolia, SMC Global Power, Manor at Camp John Hay, Forest Lodge, Empire, RFID, GPS Tracker, Megafiber, Team Eagle, CJH Development Corporation, Rizgolf, Megafiber, Le Chef, Farmers Coffee and the CJH Trade and Cultural Center. PNA