Golf: Bayron vs Bayron at ICTSI Splendido

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Thursday, March 27, 2014


GOLF note: They say, “The higher the golfer's handicap, the more likely he is to try to tell you what you're doing wrong.” Tama ba? Can you relate? Smile!

News on the PGA Tour. The Arnold Palmer Invitational was held last week. Everyone expected Adam Scott to win after scoring a 62 on day 1. But, he played poorly on day 4. The champion was Matt Every. In second place was Keegan Bradley. In third place was Adam Scott. Tiger is a no-show. I am 99 percent sure that the next time we see him will be at The Masters in Augusta on April 10-13, 2014. Back problems or not, he will be there. He has to be! I miss him. If he feels pain, then he can stop after day 1.

Philippine Golf Tour. The ICTSI Splendido Classic, which was in held Taal concluded last March 22, 2014. I am happy to announce that a Davaoeno won. Congratulations to Jay Bayron! His younger brother, Rufino, had the lead after day 3, however, due to stong winds and playing under extreme pressure, he was not able to sustain his lead on the last day. I feel for him. It must have been nerve-wrecking. He was up by 7 strokes going to the final round. And older brother, Jay, did not even expect to win since he was 9 strokes down going to the final round. Elmer Salvador had the lead during the first two days, but he played poorly on day 3.

Nevertheless, it was a good start on the PGT for the Davaoenos. There are other tournaments to come. And so, Jay Bayron is the champion. Tied for second place were Rufino Bayron and Clyde Mondilla. In fourth place was Tony Lascuna. Tied for fifth place were Elmer Salvador and Frankie Minoza.

In seventh place was Rey Pagunsan. Tied for eighth place were Miguel Tabuena and Robert Pactolerin. Tied for tenth place were Paul Echavez and Malcolm Kokocinski.

This week, the golf pros are in Baguio for the ICTSI John Hay Championship. As of day 1, Frankie Minoza is leading with a score of -7 or 61. Tied for second place with -5 are Jay Bayron, Anthony Fernando, Malcolm Kokocinski, and Rick Gibson. Tied for sixth place with -4 are Elmer Salvador, Zanieboy Gialon, Jhonnel Ababa, Richard Abaring, Jessie Balasabas, Jet Mathay, and Carl Santos-Ocampo. Tony Lascuna is at -3. Cassius Casas is at -2. Micah Shin is at -1. Goodluck to our Davao bets!

The Mindanao Senior Golfers Federation had a tournament last March 23, 2014 and it was held at Davao City Golf Club. Congratulations to the winners! Seniors 55-60 gross champion – Benhur Villarosa, runner-up – Rico Trajano; seniors 55-60 net champion – Dodong Rizon, runner-up – Bienvenido Tabada; seniors 61-65 gross champion – Jose Daigdigan, runner-up – Jimmie Testado; seniors 61-65 net champion – Manuel Bendigo, runner-up – Domeng Duerme; seniors 66-70 gross champion – Julius Bajo, runner-up – Nick Olarte; seniors 66-70 net champion – Frank Buno, runner-up – Romeo Yian; seniors 71 & above gross champion – Romeo Du, runner-up – Teddy Nano; seniors 71 & above net champion – Noriyuki Ishikawa, runner-up – Rulfo Asis.

The Rotary Club of Central Davao had an Open Golf Tournament last March 22, 2014 and it was held at Apo Golf & Country Club. Congratulations to the winners!

Overall champion – Joel Yamyamin, runner-up – Jing Gavino; class A champion – Paul Dakudao, runner-up – Ludwig Ledesma; class B champion – Patrick Tan, runner-up – Romy Chua; class C champion – Ronnie Magsico, runner-up – Dexter So; class D champion – Orly Ang, class D runner-up – Reggie Lee.

The Open 2 Fun Golf Tournament was also held at Apo Golf & Country Club and it was last March 23, 2014. Congratulations to the winners!

Class A team champion – Roderick Lo and Mark Lopez, runnner-up – Tsikoy Saavedra and Vincent Gumapac; class B team champion – Jimmy Larrabaster and Mike Larrabaster, runner-up – Robert Tesiong and Chiboy Apostol; class C team champion – Eugene Chiong and Elindo Lo, runner-up – Ned Sanchez and Raymund Salvador; ladies team champion – Felisa Weckler and Gendel dela Cerna.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 28, 2014.

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