Golf: Golf for Humanity tournament, a success

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Friday, August 15, 2014

JOKE TIME: One of my readers asked me why I don’t add jokes anymore. My answer: Not enough space! But here’s one for you—at Apo Golf Club, a conversation between a golfer and his caddie. Golfer: Dodong, i-translate mo ang mga ito—Let’s help one another.

Caddie: Tayo’y magtulungan. Golfer: Let’s strive together. Caddie: Tayo’y magsikap. Golfer: Because in union there is strength. Caddie: Dahil sa sibuyas may titigas. Toink!

The Philippine Red Cross –Davao Chapter held an open golf tournament called “Golf for Humanity” at Apo Golf & Country Club recently. It was a fund-raising project to commemorate PRC’s IHL Month celebration. There were more than 180 players who participated. This tournament was made possible by Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. and Aboitiz Power Corporation, and more than 50 other sponsors.


News about the Philippine Golf Tour. Before the Emcor Davao Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Apo Golf Club that concluded last August 2, the golf pros were in Bacolod for the ICTSI Negros Occidental Classic. Here are the top 10 and ties: first – Tony Lascuna; tied for second – Lloyd Jefferson Go (amateur) and Elmer Salvador; in fourth – Arnold Villacencio; tied for fifth – FerdieAunzo and Carl Santos-Ocampo; in seventh – Michael Bibat; in eighth – OrlanSumcad; in ninth – Rey Pagunsan; in 10th – Cassius Casas.

Who is Lloyd Jefferson Go? Before I answer this, FYI, he is an amateur golfer, not a professional golfer. Curious about the rules of golf pertaining to amateurs winning prize money?

According to the USGA Rules of Golf, Section 3-1.Playing for Prize Money: An amateur golfer must not play golf for prize money or its equivalent in a match, competition or exhibition. However, an amateur golfer may participate in a golf match, competition or exhibition where prize money or its equivalent is offered, provided that prior to participation he waives his right to accept prize money in that event.

Exception: Where prize money is offered for a hole-in-one made while playing a round of golf, an amateur golfer is not required to waive his right to accept that prize money prior to participation.

So, if you are wondering whether Go won any cash? The answer is no. The prize money for second place went to Elmer Salvador alone.

So, who is Lloyd Jefferson Go? He is the winner of the 2014 Philippine Amateur Open Championship which was held at the East Course of WackWack Golf & Country Club. And, what’s amazing about it is that he won by 11 strokes.

More on Lloyd Jefferson Go. His nickname is LJ. He is 19 years old. He is from Cebu. He started playing golf at the age of seven. I read on the internet that he made his first hole-in-one at the age of 13 years old. Right now, he is in college with a golf scholarship at Seton Hall University in the US. And, he is making waves over there.

Interesting news, right? I hope he gets better and better over time. Who knows, he might be the next Tiger Woods someday. Looking forward to hearing more about him in the years to come.

Congratulations to the winners of the 1st Philippine Red Cross Golf Tournament held last August 9, 2014 at Apo Golf & Country Club. Here they are: overall gross champion - Joel Yamyamin, net champion - Roger Lim; class A gross champion - Ludwig Ledesma, first runner-up - Jorge Martinez, 2nd runner-up -AlreyCeniza; class A net champion - Demy Monedero, 1st runner-up -Peter Cabreros, 2nd runner-up - NidoAlbarillo; class B gross champion - Mike Larrabaster; class B gross 1st runner-up - Romy Chua, 2nd runner-up - Bert Pogoy; class B net champion - JM Balbuena, 1st runner-up - Jerry Leonor, 2nd runner-up - Jeff Ebreo; class C gross champion - Richard Bad-Ang, 1st runner-up - Dexter So, 2nd runner-up - Larry Baluso; class C net champion - Mar Magtibay; class C net 1st runner-up - Alejandro Alano, 2nd runner-up - ReinzYamyamin.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 15, 2014.


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