Go credits US exposure to strong stint in pro event

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


FORMER Cebu Country Club’s (CCC) mainstay Lloyd Jefferson “Lj” Go Golf credits his exposure to several golf courses and facilities in the United States for his feat in the recent PGT-ICTSI Negros Occidental Golf Classic in Bacolod City.

Go, 19, was the only amateur player to make a podium finish. He was tied at second with Elmer Salvador, trailing winner Tony Lascuña, who collected his third straight win and a cool P200,000.

“In the US, there are a lot of golf courses and facilities that you can train with. Here in the country, we have a limited number of golf courses and most of them have the same type of designs,” said Go.

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Go, 19, is a finance student and a member of the Seton Hall golf team. He was recently named to the Division 1 PING All-Northeast Region team. He was also recognized as the Big East Freshman of the Year and the Freshman Athlete of the Year title in Seton Hall.

“It was a great experience to be playing in a championship flight together with the professional players,” he said. “There were a lot of people watching.”

Go added that he didn’t expect that he will place second since there were a lot of top pro players in the tournament.

“I was aiming to secure one of the top 10 spots but I was not expecting to finish second. I am happy though with the win, it was just unexpected,” said Go.

Go scored 73-67-66-66 in the four-day tournament and his former CCC teammate Jovi Neri said that his finish was nothing short of impressive.

“For the 2014 Philippine Golf Tour, LJ is the only player to have three consecutive rounds of 67 or better. LJ shot 67 in a tournament round, then followed it up with two 66’s, lisud kaayo na in a tournament like this. He played well,” said Neri.

The next stop will be the Aboitiz Invitational on Aug. 27 to 30.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 28, 2014.

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