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Katsuragawa back for Southwoods; Manotoc to miss seniors’ tourney

By: - Reporter / @MusongINQ
/ 05:02 AM January 31, 2018

Yuto Katsuragawa, the Japanese par-ripping machine who has helped Manila Southwoods to several team titles in the past four years, returns to action to spearhead the Carmona-based squad’s “four-peat” bid in the Philippine Airlines Interclub golf championship.

The reedy teen begged off from playing in the Fil-Am Invitational in Baguio last month but has confirmed that he will play as centerpiece Men’s Regular play will be held at the Marapara and Binitin courses in Bacolod in March.

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Senior’s action kicks off the 70th edition of the country’s unofficial team golf championship on March 1 also over the same tree-lined courses where Luisita hopes to extend its reign—and is favored to do so—with Canlubang to again miss Tommy Manotoc.

The 69-year-old Manotoc is in the United States to attend to a family commitment.

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The Sugar Barons, though, will go into the event fully prepared with the addition of several players to take Manotoc’s place in a bid to avenge a narrow defeat last year in Davao.

Southwoods, meanwhile, still prevailed with conviction in Baguio even without Katsuragawa. But with the Interclub being a different animal than the Fil-Am, management is not taking chances and will likely tap ex-pro Vince Lauron back to active duty.

In Baguio, Southwoods’ youth brigade was backstopped by the veteran Jun Jun Plana, who was the team’s steadying presence.

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