THE Pueblo Ladies golf team recently ruled the Ruby Division of the Women’s Golf Association of the Philippine (WGAP) organized 2017 Champion Infinity LuzViMin tournament held at the Mimosa Golf and Country Club at the Clark Airbase in Angeles Pampanga.
The mixture of young and veteran lady golfers from Cagayan de Oro City dominated teams from all over the country to bring home the championship trophy and the individual gold medals in the Ruby Division.
The Pueblo Ladies topped their division besting teams from Manila, Bacolod, Forest Hills Tagaytay Highlands, and Apo Ladies of Davao.
“I am very proud of these ladies. This is the first time in many long years that a team from Pueblo Golf and Country has won a national title,” said their coach Lino Retuerto.
Retuerto is the son of the legendary coach Rogelio Retuerto, the man behind the success of the country’s long time top professional golfer Frankie Miñoza.
The Pueblo Ladies is made up of Cagayan de Oro’s top veteran lady golfers, Gladys Gaccion Opitz, Chit Lastimosa, Terry Solitaria and team captain Jenny Chua.
They were beefed up by CdO’s top lady jun-golfers, 10-year-old Alethea Paige Gaccion, 12-year-old Iya Borlongan, and 17-year-old Christine Chua.
Alethea is the daughter of lawyer Alfred Gaccion and a niece of Gladys Opitz. Iya is the younger sister of CdO’s top young footballers JB and Jethro Borlongan while Christine is the daughter of Jenny Chua.
The tournament is the best preparation for Alethea who is scheduled to play in a tournament in the USA next month. The 5th grader from Corpus Christi School in Upper Balulang, will leave for the US with his father Alfred, auntie Galdys and coach Lino on July 2.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 18, 2017.