Baguio City — Manila Southwoods paced well after the first round of the 72nd Fil-Am Men’s Invitational at the Camp John Hay Golf Club.
Southwoods’ first unit racked up an impressive 148 points to open up a 19-point lead over Forest Hills in the Fil Championship while the second unit scored 119 points to grab a 16-point advantage against Royal Northwoods in the world’s largest amateur tournament.
Januarius Golf Team is a surprise third, so far, with 121 points. Terence Macatangay spearheaded the attack with 35 markers. Other scorers are Kirby Lachica 33, Ray Sangil 31 and RJ Rizada 22.
SPES Team 1 (116), Time Cargo Logistics 1 (110) and X1R-TipsyPig-Mizuno (107) round out the teams in the premier division of the world’s largest amateur tournament.
Time Cargo Logistics Team-2 maintained leadership following a 92-point performance at the Baguio Country Club course although its lead was sliced to two by a surging Forest Hills in the Am-A division.
Joseph Tambunting starred for Time Cargo with 26 markers. Renie Floro and David Guangko produced 23 and 22 while Rusty Bayani added 21, boosting the team’s two-day output to 182 points.
Forest Hills, led by the 29 of its general manager Raymond Bunquin, came through with its consecutive 96 to grab second place with 180. Ronnie Littaua had 27, Edgar Lee made 24 and JB Gosiaco contributed 16.