■ Harley F. Palangchao
Camp John Hay and Greenwater Senior led the Cordillera-based teams that were podium finishers in the first phase of the 73rd Januarius Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament in Baguio City on Nov. 22 to 30.
The Greenwater Seniors placed third in the premier Fil-Championship in the seniors division with 465 points.
Douglas Puckett led the team with 113 points and an indivi-dual champion in the super seniors group.
The CJH Golf Club Team 1 composed of Bayani Tecson, Villamor Bumanglag, John Gerald Marasigan, Dai Tsuchiya, Pacifico Fiesta, and Robert Basco won the Fil-A title with 410 points.
CJHGC Team 2 also clinched the Am-A crown with members Rowlyndon Julian, Marciano Garcia, Pol Mayos, Yun Hur, Manny Solis, Jr., and Charles David Baguilat ta-king home the championship trophies for their 385 points.
The Baguio Blue Bloods Seniors composed of Morris Domogan, Ceasar Dulay, Nic Ventura, Rudy Lockey, Matt Luspian, and Wong Sang Moon had 353 points for second place in the Am-A.
Baguio Country Club Team 2 composed of Damaso Bangaoet III, Jeff Acop, Anthony Co, Paeng Ding; Richard Difuntorum, and Mon Aldana won the Am-C with 320 points.
BCC Team 1 composed of Eliseo Lagman, Ed Montenegro, Ed Basbas, Goody Ignacio, and Mar Bustos placed second in the Fil-B with 353 points.
The Pinewoods Kumpadres-Seniors also built a commanding 35-point lead over second placer Pines Golf of California to win the Fil E title with 247 points.
The Pinewoods Kumpadres Team members Paul Osmalik Diaz, Melchor Licoben, Edwin Macgui-ing, Dalmacio Sissi-it, and Leonard Sab-it, who adopted Pinewoods Golf and Country Club under the Sta. Lucia Realty and Development, Inc. as their home course, has led the division since day one and there was no turning back.
The Palm Grove composed of team captain Brandy Abeya and members Rockson Abeya, Jung Canoi Ambasing, Randy Dela Cruz, and Vincent Balaodan won the regular Am-F division with 303 points.
Ambasing also won the individual top scorer in the regular group 4 with 95 points.
More than 700 players from close to 130 teams saw action in the first phase of the tournament.
The regular division with more than 700 players will compete in the second phase set from Dec. 2 to 10.