Mendoza: Que forgot all about golf’s No. 1 ‘trait’

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By Al S. Mendoza

All Write

Friday, March 21, 2014

WHEN the winners of the P1.5-million Splendido Classic climb up the podium this afternoon one man will be missing from the mix. He is Angelo Que.

Why, you might ask—if in wonderment, it’d be justified.

Que skipped the tournament, that’s why.


And the reason, although not really quite acceptable if we go by world standards, is this: Que wanted to rest his mind—befuddled as it was after that major mishap a week earlier, I still couldn’t fully agree with his decision.

OK, some flashback.

Que was leading the final round last week of the $300,000 Solaire Open.

The event was at The Country Club, a course Que knows like the palm of his hand.

So, he birdied No. 1 for what would generally mean a good omen. A beautiful round was in the offing?

Seemingly, if not surely, yes. With that opening-hole performance, the title was within sight. Que could now smell the scent of the top prize worth $54,000. Cool.

That’d be roughly P1.5 million.

For, look here, kiddo. The next hole was a par 5, easily a bonus for pros steeped on focused demeanor and toughened by gut-wrenching battles here and overseas such as in the case of Que.

But, hey, what do you know, fellers.

Que’s tee shot on No. 2 flew out of bounds.

After a reload, another out of bounds.

From there was purgatory to hell as another reload would again sail out of bounds.

On the green in nine shots, saying Que had lost everything could be golf’s understatement of the year.

Before he could step out of the green to face the netherworld with his spirits in shreds, Que would even three-putt.

And with a 12 for his worst score ever in a single hole whether as an amateur or a pro, you have to give credit to Que for having the fortitude to walk on, not necessarily to play on and finish the next 16 holes en route to an 82 but to keep his sanity intact.

From No. 1 after 55 holes to No. 21 after 72 holes.

All because of one hole spoiling four days of toiling, patience.

Cruel Que? But who said golf was a bed of roses? Always?

For bypassing Splendido, Que was simply being unrealistic.

Golf is so humbling it has not been invented for the faint of hearts.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 22, 2014.


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