Mendoza: Immortality for Viloria; Kudos to Lexus Cup

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By Al S. Mendoza

All Write

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

WITH his knockout win over Hernan Marquez on Sunday, Brian Viloria has already secured his niche in history.

Look, Viloria fought a tough foe in Marquez.

Even though he is only 24 years old, Marquez has a handsome 34-2 win-loss mark, with 25 knockouts. Viloria, 32, was 31-3 with 18 KOs before Sunday’s unification bout for the 112-lb world flyweight crown.


Before finishing off Marquez in the 10th with a left to the jaw, Viloria knocked the Mexican down twice in the first and fifth rounds.

Thus, the victory for Viloria, a true-blue Ilocano who grew up in Hawaii, will surely reap him the rewards of immortality in no time.

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May I say in all honesty that the recent Lexus Cup at Sta. Elena was by far the best among all fun tournaments this year.

You need not wake up at dawn to catch a 7 a.m. tee time. It’s shotgun at 11:15 a.m. In the Lexus Cup, the hassle of rush-rush is dead.

At the bag drop is a charming Lexus lady waiting to assist you. Upon registration, the super-courteous Lexus ladies give you everything: Key to your lockers where two expensive T-shirts (one for play, the other for dinner-awards), et cetera, await you.

At the Lexus Cup, everybody wins. Before the sit-down dinner, each participant is ushered into a roomful of golf shoes. Choose your wild, baby. I’ve never seen anything like this.

While drinks overflowed to complement a virtual laureat for dinner, the raffles galore were a joy to the eyes—iPhones, a 51-inch TV, a Titleist golf set. All top-of-the-line.

To Lexus top guns Alfred Ty and Dan Isla, and to all the men and women behind the Lexus Cup, here’s a glass for perfection. Why, not even a minor hitch dented the event. Cheers!

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Over in Baguio City is the Captains Meeting on Nov. 21 for the fabled Fil-Am Invitational. Jake P. Ayson and I, as rules officials, will join Shin Paul Chan of Baguio Country Club and Jerome Delariarte of John Hay to entertain questions on tournament format and regulations governing play in the two-week golfest blasting off Nov. 24 and ending Dec. 8.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 20, 2012.


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