Mendoza: Baguio Fil-Am stakes 2 cars from Toyota

A CAR dangled as a prize is definitely a major perk in any golf tournament.

Many guys I know simply join a car-staking event simply for the chance of winning the muscle.

The Fil-Am Invitational Golf is one tussle that has been consistently putting up a car as a major bonus.

This year’s Fil-Am is an exception: From the usual one car, this time two cars are being staked—one in the Seniors Division (55-year-olds and above, as confirmed by Fil-Am top gun Andrew Pinero) and another in the Men’s Regular.

Again, the cars are for hole-in-one prizes.

The beauty is, seniors can also play in the Men’s Regular that starts just three days (December 5) after the Seniors competition’s ending on December 1. That gives our dear seniors two chances of gunning for a car.

I just love seeing our seniors pampered all the time.

“We salute Toyota’s generosity,” said Atty. Rico Agcaoili, the chairman of Baguio Country Club. “Surely, their kind act adds luster to our Fil-Am tournament.”

Toyota’s move to make it two cars from here on has punched another history into the already fabled Fil-Am as it will mark the first time in 67 years that two cars are up for grabs in the tournament.

As usual, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has donated the cars through the tireless efforts of Sherwin Chua-Lim, the TMP senior vice president.

“I’m glad that our president, Satoru Suzuki, has always been very supportive of Toyota’s moves to make everybody happy, in this case our participants in the Fil-Am,” said Chua-Lim, himself a great, single-digit golfer.

Almost yearly, we see a Toyota being driven away after an ace is scored at either Camp John Hay or Baguio Country Club. Multiple ace-makers share the total price of each car. At times, a single car winner from overseas would sell his car. One such lucky buyer is Roanne Galicia, a major cog at the BCC Fil-Am secretariat.

Other tournaments also stake cars but as raffle giveaways, such as the SMC Invitational Media and the MVP Cup. I have yet to win one myself, but it’s all right. Seeing others happy makes me happy already.

Speaking of SMC, Ramon S. Ang, the SMC President, has again shelled out P5 million for the Fil-Am that officially tees off today. Fore!

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