China-PGA Tour starts this year

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Friday, January 31, 2014


KUNG Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year to everyone! It, being Chinese New Year now, let us talk about golf in China. FYI, starting this year, there is going to be a Chinese Professional Golf Tour and it is a partnership between the PGA tour, the China Golf Association, and COSI which stands for China Olympic Sports Industry.

There will be 12 tournaments throughout China and the purse per tournament will be around $200,000. The China PGA Tour will start in March. The tour is open to other foreign nationals too, and so, I hope our golf pros will try to qualify for this also.

Good vibes, people! Be happy today so you will stay happy for the rest of the year. I know a few people who are happier now as compared to a few weeks ago—Davidson Bangayan, Janet Lim Napoles, Senator Bong Revilla, Senator Mar Roxas, and President Noy. Why? People do not talk much about them now. They have Vhong Navarro, Deniece Cornejo and Cedric Lee to thank for that.

This may sound embarrassing but, I normally do not watch national news on TV. I only prefer to watch the local news. However, for several days now, I find myself looking forward to watching the national news just so I can get more info about the Vhong Navarro, Deniece Cornejo and Cedric Lee issue. I have a feeling that 90 percent of the Filipinos are doing the same thing. Very showbiz! Very exciting!

Back to golf. On the PGA Tour, The Farmers Insurance Open was held last week. Here are the winners: Scott Stallings, Champion. Tied for 2nd place are KJ Choi, Jason Day, Graham DeLaet, Marc Leishman and Pat Perez.

Tied for 7th place are Charley Hoffman, Ryo Ishikawa and Will MacKenzie.
What about Tiger? Tiger was not able to play during the final round. He got cut after day 3 because he scored a 79. He finished tied for 80th place.

What? After 36 holes, players can still get cut? Yes, according About.com regarding the PGA Tour Cut Rule which states—“Regular PGA Tour events are cut after 36 holes to the low 70 scores plus ties. If that results in more than 78 golfers making the cut, then another cut takes place after 54 holes, again to the low 70 plus ties.”

Honestly, I did not know that such a rule exists on the PGA Tour. I am only familiar with the cut after 36 holes. I am sure many of you did not know that as well. Thanks to me, alam na rin ninyo. You’re Welcome!

Time to hit Chinatown and get me some tikoy and hopia.

Happy Golfing!

Congratulations to the winners of the 1st monthly medal tournament of Apo Golf & Country Club for this year. Here they are:

Class A gross champion – Den Den de Castro, net champion – Jing Gavino;
Class B gross champion – Ian Dagatan, net champion – Francis Liston;
Class C gross champion – Brian Ilagan, net champion – Zeus Sara; seniors gross champion – Osamu Ikeda, net champion – Jun Horfilla.

There was another tournament held at Apo Golf Club this month—The JVA Group Golf Challenge, held last January 10, 2014. Congratulations to the winners! Here they are: overall gross champion – Larry Miculob, net champion – Bok Mata; class A gross champion – Leo Nitorreda, first runner-up – Tony Avanceña, 2nd runner-up – Jing Abella; class A net champion – Eddie Pacana, 1st runner-up – Tommy Iñigo, 2nd runner-up – Alex Nitorreda;

Class B gross champion – Obet Solitaria, 1st runner-up – Bert Gura, net Champion – Rey Segura; Class C gross champion – Gene Arcena, 1st runner-up – Mike Ayala, 2nd Runner-up – Tonying Llamas; class C net champion – Mark Villorente, 1st runner-up – Pinky Villamor, 2nd runner-up – Rod Salazar; most exercised player – Pitoy Palma Gil.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 31, 2014.

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