Philippine Asian News Today Vol 20 No 5 - Page 28

28 PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY March 1 - 15, 2018 Southwoods triumphs again, nears Interclub record streak BACOLOD – Never letting up until the very end, Manila Southwoods yesterday ran away with the Regular Men’s title in the PAL Interclub to take another step towards duplicating a feat done just once before. Comfortably ahead going into the final day at Marapara here with a 20-point lead, the Carmona-based squad didn’t leave any room for anyone to stage a comeback and amassed a closing 146 for a 72-hole 551 tally for a fourth straight title, just one shy of the record. Southwoods, which became just the third team to win four consecutive times, prevailed by an astounding 41 points over Luisita, which nipped Canlubang by eight. The margin of victory is one of the biggest and downplayed Southwoods’ dominance of the field, and, more importantly, it moved the squad within another title of matching a five-year run by Canlubang from 2006-2010.  “This only goes to show that our grassroots program continues to work,” an elated Thirdy Escano, Southwoods’ non-playing skipper, said of the victory, which came just over a month after tournament host PAL was given a four-star rating by Skytrax, the global body that rates airlines and airports all over the PAL Men’s Regular Interclub 4-PEAT VICTORY JUMP. Manila Southwoods celebrate their 4-peat victory at the recently concluded 71st PAL Interclub at Bacolod’s Negros Occidental Golf & Country Club. Photo shows the triumphant Southwoods, from left, Chepe Dulay, Yuto Katsuragawa, Taisei Shimizu, Jay Matthew ‘Jama’ Reyes, Kristoffer Arevalo, Thirdy Escano