9th Pomelo Tee, a success

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Thursday, May 15, 2014


LET us start with the 9th Pomelo Tee Invitational Golf Tournament held last May 1 to 4, 2014 at Rancho Palos Verdes. FYI, no one made a hole in one. Too bad. The prizes were really nice. As always, the event was successful and well attended.

Congratulations to the winners. Here they are:

Team gross champion – Ninot Galicia and Den Den de Castro, 1st runner-up – Vincent Gumapac and Jose Saavedra, 2nd runner-up – Ninot Galicia and Leo Fusilero, 3rd runner-up – Joel Yamyamin and Jelly Palmes; team net champion – Jeff Ramirez and John Gross, 1st runner-up – Renz Yamyamin and Eugene Chiong, 2nd runner-up – Sonny Laraya and Oscar Rebosura, 3rd runner-up – Edwin Cayamanda and Ting Castillo;

Overall gross champion – Marc Lopez, overall net champion – Jeff Ramirez; class A gross champion – Karloz Alba, 1st runner-up – Jing Gavino, 2nd runner-up – Kang Mean Guen; class A net champion – Apo Luna, 1st runner-up – Shigenubo Horiuchi, 2nd runner-up – Paul Garcia; class B gross champion – Faisal Samanodi, 1st runner-up – Rey Masing, 2nd runner-up – Tamio Sakurai; class B net champion – Ferdie Pascua, 1st runner-up – Rainer Cruz, 2nd runner-up – Chiboy Apostol;

Class C gross champion – Sherwin Bahani, 1st Runner-up – Boyet Peniza, 2nd runner-up – Jeffreynante Abejay; class C net champion – Ronnie Magsico, 1st runner-up – Ian Dagatan, 2nd runner-up – Doming Lanoy; class D gross champion – Al Barreto, 1st runner-up – Paul Montejo, 2nd runner-up – Hong Sung Wa; class D net champion – Ronald Lu, 1st runner-up – Arnold Navales, 2nd runner-up – John Michael Abella;

Ladies gross champion – Joan Hortilano, 1st runner-up – Maricel Kim, 2nd runner-up – Kim Sun Ae; ladies net champion – Stella Barnes, 1st runner-up – Virgie Hermiston, 2nd runner-up – Evelyn Quinsay.

News on the PGA Tour. The Players Championship was held last weekend. Here are the top 10 winners: 1st – Martin Kaymer. 2nd – Jim Furyk. 3rd – Sergio Garcia. Tied for 4th – Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth. Tied for 6th – Jimmy Walker, Rory McIlroy, David Hearn, Lee Westwood, and Francesco Molinari. Martin Kaymer’s paycheck was worth $1.8 million dollars! The purse for that tournament was a whopping $10 million dollars.

News on the Philippine Golf Tour. The ICTSI Valley Golf Challenge was held last weekend. Here are the top ten winners: 1st – Tony Lascuna. 2nd – Jhonnel Ababa. 3rd – Cassius Casas. Tied for 4th – Mars Pucay and Miguel Tabuena. 6th – Eric Mina. Tied for 7th – Elmer Saban, Micah Shin, Ferdie Aunzo, and Albin Engino.

Look at the results. The top three players are from Davao.

Congratulations to Tony ‘Unyot’ Lascuna for winning this tournament. He won by 7 strokes. His paycheck was worth P360,000. FYI, Lascuna is now in the no. 1 spot in the PGT Order of Merit.

The Order of Merit looks so nice. I might as well share it. As of May 10, 2014, 1 – Tony Lascuna, 2 – Charles Hong, 3 – Jay Bayron, 4 – Micah Shin, 5 – Marvin Dumandan, 6 – Jun Rates, 7 – Elmer Salvador, 8 – Jhonnel Ababa, 9 – Clyde Mondilla, 10 – Mars Pucay. So many Davaoenos on the list! I’m so proud! Wouldn’t it be nice to have all top ten coming from Davao? Wishful thinking!

Going back to Martin Kaymer’s prize money last week which is $1.8 million, multiply that with 43.70 equals P78,660,000 pesos. More than 78 million pesos for winning this one tournament as against Tony Lascuna’s recent prize money of P360,000 pesos. No wonder everyone wants to join the PGA Tour.

One last thing. The golfing ladies in Davao are getting ready for the Women’s Golf Association of the Philippines (WGAP) tournament scheduled on the first week of June. The venue is at Pueblo de Oro Golf Club in Cagayan de Oro. Apo Golf Club and Davao City Golf Club are joining. I am playing for Apo Golf Club. FYI, we are the defending team champion in our division. Good luck to DCGC and to my team, Apo Golf Club! Practice time!

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 16, 2014.

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