Pamela Mariano and Alethea Gaccion produced another pair of 50-point efforts to power Pueblo de Oro to a 9-point victory over Cebu Country Club in the 2019 Luzvimin Invitational golf tournament at the CCC layout in Cebu City late Friday.
Mariano matched her opening round output of 53 Molave points while Gaccion shot a third straight 50-point game as the Pueblo ladies, who also drew a pair of 42 points from Marife Carmichael and Juliane Borlongan, churned out their best score in three days – a 187 – to turn a shaky two-point lead into a nine-point romp in the premier Diamond division.
Pueblo de Oro, which moved up the ladder after claiming the Pearl division in 2015, pooled a 554, including a 186 and 181, to beat Cebu Country Club, finished with a 545 after a 180.
Crystal Neri took the cudgels for the hosts with 52 points while Mary Kim Hong added 48 points but Jyra Wong and Riko Nagai could only chip on 41 and 39 points and Catrina Martinez groped for 37 and didn’t count after scoring 43 and 45 points in the first two days of the event sponsored by Champion and organized by the Women’s Golf Association of the Philippines.
It was actually the second straight championship for Mariano, who also led Del Monte to victory in last year’s edition of the annual tournament backed by Henna, San Miguel Corp., Diamond Motors, Quest Hotel, Cebu Country Club, Ayala Land Premier, Celium Fibre, Derma C, Gothong Lines and Vermogen.
Del Monte, led by Martina Miñoza’s 56 points, shot the tournament-best 195 to place third at 542 while many-time champion Manila Southwoods struggled to finish fourth at 519 after a 182.
Valley Golf ended up fifth at 513 after a 164 followed by Fernando Air Base (140-414), Club Filipino (126-390), Rancho Palos Verdes (127-380), Sta. Elena (110-321) and Eagle Ridge (107-319).