THE golf action shifts to Cebu City as the players prepare for the 1st MVPSF Visayas Regional Match Play Championship at the layouts of Cebu Country Club in Banilad on April 4 to 8.

The five-day golf competition organized and conducted the National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP) will be a battle among players with a handicap index of 9.7 and below for male and handicap index of 10 for the female players.

There will be limited slots for the tournament, as only the first 44 amateur male golfers and 20 female players will be accepted.

In case there are more players, the golfers with the lowest handicap index will be selected to play.

The qualifying round tees off on April 4 and will continue on the next day.

After the qualifying round, the Top 32 male players and Top 16 female players will advance and qualify for the match play competition which fires off on April 6.

In case of a tie on the first and last qualifying slots it will be resolved through a sudden death playoff.

The round-of-32 for the men’s division and round-of-16 for the women’s division will be played in the morning of April 6 and the men’s round-of-16 in the afternoon. The quarter finals and semis for both and women’s and men’s divisions is slated on April 7.

The 36-hole finals for men’s and women’s division will take part on April 8. The official practice round, on the other hand, is set on April 1.

Jovi Neri of CCC said that all their players who suited up in the recently concluded Philippine Airlines (Pal) Interclub will join this tournament if there is no any conflict of schedules.

The CCC Team ran away with Founders Division title in the 69th Pal Interclub which concluded over last weekend.

Neri said that this coming tournament is probably the same as the Southern Amateur Championship which was popular during the 70s and 80s.

He said that the tournament is open to all even if the golfers come from outside the Visayas region. “The top amateur players in the country will be coming since the tournament has World Ranking points,” he said.

Registration fee is pegged at P3,000 for Filipino player, P4,000 for foreign and P1,500 for the members of CCC.