CEBU CITY–New-comer Pradera Verde Golf Club has all but wrapped up the 12th Philippine Airlines Ladies Interclub golf team championships with one round to go following ano-ther explosive performance at the Cebu Country Club Thursday.
After posting 167 and 166 points in the first two rounds, Pradera cooled off with 158, but still built an insurmountable 46-point lead over Manila South-woods Masters, winner of this event the last six years.
Fil-Japanese Yuka Saso shot the day’s only sub-par round, a two-under par 70, to anchor the all-teen Lubao-based squad.
That was worth 56 points in the Molave scoring system, assuring the 18-year-old long hitter the individual title. She scored 59 points in the opening round.
Nicole Abelar backed up Saso with 53 points while Michela Effendie rounded out scoring with 49.
Annyka Pineda Ca-yabyab, the youngest member of the team at 13, did not count with 48.
Pradera’s domination signalled a shift in the balance of power and the rise of the brat pack.
“This is good for the event and the sport in gene-ral,” said Southwoods coach Bong Lopez, whose team lost a number of key pla-yers who have turned professional.
Lopez noted the rise of young golfers.
“Although we would have been happy winning our seventh title, this can only mean that we have to prepare hard for next year’s tournament,” Lopez said. “But it would probably take us three years to contend against Pradera.”
Southwoods collected 146 points with Sunshine Baraquiel pacing the team with 50 points. Other sco-rers were Loralie Roberto and Samantha Dizon with 48 points apiece. Saman-tha Bruce did not count with Samantha Bruce.
With Pradera virtually settling the matter in the championship division, attention now shifts to the battles in the three other divisions.
Manila Southwoods Legends seized the lead in the Founders division after scoring 130 points that brought its total to 383, six points ahead of Alabang.
Maria Singson led Legends with 48 followed by Laurea Duque 44 and Yong Mi Kim 38.
Alabang posted 122 behind Jona Magcalayo 46, Finina Gorres 39 and Eun Sil Jang 37.
Day 3 Results:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Pradera Verde 489 (167-166-158), Manila Southwoods Masters 443 (144-153-146), Cebu Country Club 422 (140-133-149)
FOUNDERS: Manila Southwoods Legends 383 (124-129-130), Alabang Golf 377 (126-129-122), Negros Occidental Golf 369 (117-117-135), Del Monte Golf 363 (124-112-127), Lady Eagles Australia 342 (134-114-94), Mactan Island Gold 332 (104-122-106), Valley Golf North 311 (106-110-95), Alta Vista Golf 300 (100-102-98).
SPORTSWRITERS: Eagleridge 337 (107-110-120), Sta Elena 335 (103-117-115), Camp Aguinaldo Team A 334 (111-115-108), Pueblo de Oro 332 (114-105-113), Tagaytay Highlands 314 (105-105-104), Rancho Palos Verdes 309 (97-111-101), Camp John Hay 279 (80-111-88), Apo Golf 269 (84-88-97).
FRIENDSHIP: Wack Wack 323 (113-116-94), Iloilo 299 (93-102-104), Manila Golf 283 (97-96-90), Alabang 2 259 (83-100-76), Cebu Country Club B 254 (87-82-85), Guinhalaran 234 (87-69-78), Bacolod City 225 (76-78-71), Camp Aguinaldo B 211 (81-53-77), Victorias 200 (69-68-63)