Apache golf gets going at BCC fairways

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Friday, March 21, 2014


THE largest gathering of Baguio old timers kicked off with a golf tournament Friday at the Baguio Country Club for the fourth Apaches Golf Tournament.

“This is huge and we have to work hard in order to raise funds for our various projects,” said project chair Rocky Runez, who in 2010, then the incoming chief of the group, started the ball rolling for the annual competition which follows the group’s tenet of food, fun, fellowship, faith and family.

Runez has one of the bigger task this year under councilor Richard Carino’s patronage with the Apache’s wanting to put up a monument somewhere in the city marking its contribution to the city.

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Many of its members helped build the city from its formative years, the war and the post war rebuilding including the post earthquake rehabilitation and the second great war the city went to.

The two day golf tournament co-chaired by past chief Nap Maranan, the centennial chief, who accepted the Builders of Baguio award from the Baguio Centennial Commission, will be a Molave format event where a par scored three and an even par 18 hole total is 54. A bogey earns two, and a double bogey one, while a birdie is worth four and five for an ace and albatross or double eagle.

There will be three divisions in the men’s open side, two for the ladies and two for the junior golf, since many of the Braves, the members of the group, have wives who play as well children who are also in the game. There will be a total of 26 trophies to be given including a two category seniors and special Apaches division of the event bankrolled by the University of Baguio, Eva Pinoy’s, Sherwood, BCC.

There will be special prizes for the most accurate drive, nearest the pin and longest drive, while an over-all Apache winner will be named also in the event backed by Child and Family Service, Shell - Abanao, Benguet Police Provincial Office under SSUpt. Rudolfo Azurin, 18 BC, Jomarcann Construction, Goldrich, Mr. and Dr. Roger Manzano, Pilipino Telephone Company, Miescor, Maybank, Axa, Microtel, Nature Spring and Just Add Color.

Carino said part of the proceeds will go to a new project of the group, a scholarship program to be given to an indigent but deserving student from one of the public high schools in the city.

The Baguio Apaches was founded in 1939 by a troop of Boy Scouts who have a penchant for camping, bonfire, sharing stories of Indians and cowboys, singing as well as basketball.

Most of these have become a tradition leading to the grand bonfire on December 30 where the new chief takes his oath of office after receiving the tomahawk and bust from the outgoing chief. Ricardo Paraan, Ricardo Chan, Conrado Bueno, among others, was among the founding fathers of the group who would later become war heroes when they went to war against the invading Japanese Imperial Army.

Many of them will find a career after the war as military officers, lawyers, teachers, engineers and political leaders of the city. (PR)

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

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