BACOLOD?Canlubang came to this year?s Philippine Airlines Interclub here with the goal of achieving what no team has ever done in the event?s 63-year history?complete a two-division sweep for the fifth straight year.
After their final week here starting Tuesday, however, the Sugar Barons would be happy to go back home with ?something.?
?We?d gladly settle for a split (by winning the Men?s championship),? non-playing skipper Luigi Yulo told the Inquirer, moments after narrowly losing the Senior title to Francis Gaston and Luisita Sunday afternoon at the Marapara.
?At least we have something to take home with us,? added the soft-spoken Yulo, who refused to admit that his seasoned, rock-solid Men?s lineup has an edge over the field when action blasts off Wednesday also at Marapara.
?We have new faces, too, and they still have to be tested playing in such pressure situations in the Interclub,? Yulo said.
Backstopped by the hottest amateurs in the land in reigning national champion Mark Fernando and RP squad teammate Jonel Ababa, the ICTSI-Canlubang program scored sweeps in the last three prestigious tournaments.
Fernando was the low amateur in the rich The Country Club Invitational, while Ababa topped the DHL Amateur with Jessie Balasabas finishing second and Fernando third.
Just last week, Fernando and Ababa shared low amateur honors in the ICTSI Classic at Malarayat in Lipa City and the Barons will come into this Interclub with their confidence at a high level.
The Country Club will try to derail the Barons again, but unlike last year, the sophomore squad seems to be the underdog after losing Ferdie Aunzo and Anthony Fernando to the pro ranks.