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Thursday, December 5, 2013


ANOTHER week has gone by. It is December! 19 days before Christmas!

But before I talk about December, I will talk about a tournament which occurred last month. The ICTSI Wack Wack Championship was held last Nov. 18-23, 2013. The Champion—Toru Nakajima. Congratulations! FYI, he is the first foreign golfer to win in the Philippine golf circuit.

Jay Bayron and Cassius Casas could have won. Too bad. Better luck next time. I was cheering for both of them. Actually, I cheer for all the Davaoenos on tour. It would have been nice if either of them won. They ended up tied for 2nd and 3rd place receiving P265,000 each. Nakajima won P450,000.

I am so proud to announce that our very own Tony Lascuña is still in first place in the Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit, even if he missed the Wack Wack leg. His total winnings for the year is P1,682,332.

Miguel Tabuena is in second place winning P1,506,312. Elmer Salvador is in third place with P1,152,777. Jay Bayron is in fourth place with P1,117,371. Angelo Que is in fifth place with P1,036,276.

Cassius Casas in in sixth place with P895,719. Carl Santos-Ocampo is in seventh place with P863,318. Mhark Fernando is in eighth place with P857,996. Jhonnel Ababa is in ninth place with P796,572. And Michael Bibat is in tenth place with P664,629.

Did you notice—so many Dabawenyos in the top ten again. What a nice feeling. Hmmm…I am not sure if it was a good idea that I posted their winnings. Naku! Ang mga relatives…they might start asking for balato. Hehe. Be generous! It is Christmas time!

Are you curious about the Ladies PGT? I might as well give you the Ladies PGT Order of Merit. In first place is Cyna Rodriguez winning P270,000. In second place is Jayvie Agojo winning P257,000. In third place is Chihiro Ikeda winning P215,000. In fourth place is Dottie Ardina winning P200,000.

In fifth place is Apple Fudolin winning P159,000. In sixth place is Lovelyn Guioguio winning P148,250. In seventh place is Sarah Jane Ababa winning P135,500. In eighth place is Anya Tanpinco winning P134,500. In ninth place is Lucy Landicho winning P124,750. In tenth place is Heidi Chua winning P100,250.

The Ladies PGT has an upcoming tournament called The Duel (North vs. South) LPGT. It will be on December 10-13, 2013 and it will be at the Canlubang Golf & Country Club. It is match play. How exciting. Unfortunately, we cannot watch it LIVE since we are in Davao. I hope they show it on television. I love match play competitions.

It is starting to get a little quiet in the golfing community.

I guess it is because Christmas is coming up. So many parties lined up. I was told that golfers these days are not doing ‘golf-golf’ but ‘gulp-gulp’. So please, easy on the alcohol and the lechon. This reminds me of a joke. I might as well end my article with this joke.

A golfer met the Pope and said to him, "Your Holiness I'm a very keen golfer. I play every day. Is there by any chance a golf course in Heaven?" I'm not sure said the Pope, I'll have to ask God.

A few days later the man met the Pope again and asked if there was any news about there being a golf course in Heaven. The Pope answered him, "Apparently there is a beautiful course in heaven with velvet smooth greens and lush fairways. The bad news is you have a tee time for tomorrow evening."

Happy Golfing!

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 06, 2013.

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