With nearly 300 players and with a big number of sponsors, the Cordillera Golfers Foundation Inc. Invitational Tournament is indeed a success.
CGFI president Arnel Peil can only heave a big sigh of relief and happiness as the three month effort of his officers, board and members paid off and they will most likely fulfill their pledge to the Department of Education – Cordillera of giving PHP300,000 each to the eight Schools Division Offices.
Two thirds into the tournament, and the threats of rains, the event has already a clear champion, one of the seven team flights, the Bravo Zulo Security, the winner in Regular Class A title at the Pinewoods Golf and Country Club Friday.
Bravo Sulu was only staring at the four point lead after the first day of tournament at the Camp John Hay golf course, but followed up with another flight best output of 109 points at the longer Pinewoods layout to finish with 232 and a 31 marker victory over second placer Immipugo.
Ranz Balay-odao, this time became the team’s best scorer with 30 points, Ramir Badua came in with 29 markers, while first round top notcher Mars Mudon had 26 and Henry Rosito chipped in 24 as Bravo Sulu was the first unofficial champion in the seven flight tournament organized to help indigent Cordillera learners.
Immipugo found the longer layout that is always shrouded by fog a tough nut to crack as it tallied a measly 82 points and 201 total to salvage second place.
Noel Beleran and Harry Paltongan , who both had even par for 36 at John Hay, managed 25 and 21 points, respectively, to at least tow the team which had 19 and 17 from Ruben Guinolbay and Francis Cuyop.
Grumpy Joe had an even par for 36 points from Jose Ravinar Austria to lead the team to a flight second best of 101 and snatch a third place finish from RUA Construction which limped home with a 68.
Ravinar, who had a one under for 37 at John Hay, was ably assisted by Von Vargas (24), Jamil Ramirez (21) and Ethan Co (20) and a 191 total that is good for third place. Owner and former Philippine Basketball Association player Benedict Fernandez did not play after a harrowing first day effort of seven.
Rua, which is just one down on the eventual champion after round 1, could only muster 68 points on the 19 of owner Rommy Aquino, the pair of 18s from former top Baguio amateur golfer Chester Calpotura and Rudy Lockey and 13 of retired police general Clyde Cabreros. RUA finished with 190, just one off Grumpy Joe.
Meanwhile, Grumpy Joe’s Austria was the runaway individual Class A champion with his one under 73 and a 12 shot victory over Balay-odao of the team champion Bravo Sulu and Beleran of Immipugo.
Meanwhile, Aaron Cadiogan opened with 23 points and lead Buy Bust to a two point lead in Regular C at the John Hay course. Scoring for the team are Willy Cayat, 22, Baguio councilor Michael Lawana, 19, and Jeff Balangitan, 18.
Warren Dagupon made 23 points and pace Pines Kumpadres to 80 points. Ramon Baloy-odao and Michael Atolba had a pair of 21s, while Vincent Balaodan chipped in 15 for the team.
Three shot down is Laos Group and Eduardo Sobrepena scoring a team best 24 points. Nine other teams are seeing action in the flight.
MCG – Wednesday Club of Mimosa Team 2 tallied 92 points at John Hay to take a two shot lead on Carl-Fran Golf Guild in Seniors B.
Mario Dennis Lumpay top billed for MCG with 26 points, while Enrico Santos, Noel Yamzon and Bienvenido Perez scored 24, 23 and 19, in that order.
Local physician Charles Valencerina scored a three over for 33 points, to lead Carl-Fran to 90 and second spot. Brother Ceasar made 25, Willy Tacayan produced 17 markers, while Clifton Valencerina chipped in 15 and lead Greenwater Meadows by nine.
Greenwater, whose team 1 leads in Seniors A, had 28 and 24 from brothers Jack and Larry Puckett, respectively, while Catalino Geston, Jr. and Chris Ismael added 17 and 12, respectively.
Six other teams are playing in the flight which moves to Pinewoods for the final day tomorrow.
Games in the three flight championship is ongoing at the John Hay layout.
The tournament drew 292 players from 67 teams all but one are males with Demma Dulnuan of Baguio Olympics as the only exemption.
The three day tournament ends tomorrow and will be followed by the awards and dinner ceremony at the CAP John Hay covered court. Pigeon Lobien