Miñoza Turns Back Clock Bukidnon-Counting Frankie Miñoza out is always a delicate proposition.

In a blazing performance that recalled his golden years, the 53-year-old Miñoza shot a nine-under-par 63 yesterday to win the ICTSI Del Monte Championship. He won the title by a whooping five strokes after wiping out a five stroke deficit and finished the 54 hole tournament with a total of 203, 13 under par. “I thought the night before that I would need a 10-under to rebound from five strokes down and get a shot at the crown,” said Miñoza in Filipino. “And it came just like that – I hit the ball pretty solid and had many birdie chances from just about one to three feet.” He did not achieve his target , falling one birdie shot, but his vintage performance sent a chilling message that his playing days are not really over. Left eating dust from Miñoza’s sparkling round were overnight leader Elmer Salvador (73), Antonio Lascuna (72), Johvanie Aban (71), Miguel Tabuena (69) and James Ryan Lam (68). By some quirk of the game, all five ended up tied in second place at 208. Miñoza grabbed the lead on No. 10 with his fifth birdie of the day. There was no turning back from there. He had four more birdies, including the last holes. Miñoza scoring that well at Del Monte somehow was not a surprise at all. He grew up in the area and learned the game as a young disciple of the late Celestino Tugot. In short, he knew every nook and cranny of the layout that hasn’t changed in decades. He hit every fairway and missed just one green and finished the round perfect-no bogeys. It was his second win in the ICTSI tour. He won the Country Club Invitational last February. The win is a fitting sendoff and a big morale boost for Miñoza who will compete in the British Seniors Open which will be held the week after the regular Open three weeks from now. Although he has slowed down a bit, the Bukidnon native has remained competitive, and almost effortlessly shuttle from men’s regular events such as the Asian Tour to senior tours in the US PGA and Japan, His win netted him ₱200,000 of the ₱1-million total prize. But the confidence he got from beating the country’s pretenders to his golf crown is priceless. Manila bulletin Saturday, july 6, 2013 Deogracias T. Marcelo

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