June 9, 2013 Superal and Chabon emerge triumphant in PHL Junior Am Closed Championship Princess Superal and Sofia Chabon, both of the ICTSI team, scored contrasting victories in the Philippine Junior Amateur Closed Championship at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Trece Martires, Cavite.
Superal, who trailed after the first round, finished the National Golf Association of the Philippines’s 72-hole championship at the Jack Nicklaus signature course with a three-under-par 285 total.
The recent Singapore Amateur Open champion tallied a 74 in the final round to go with her rounds of 74, 67 and 69 in the Open division (14-to-16 years old).
Daniella Uy was a far second place with 296 after a 73. Pauline del Rosario, also of ICTSI, placed third with 73-297.
The 12-year-old Chabon on the other hand, one of the newest members of ICTSI, started six strokes down in after the first, but bounced back with nice second and fourth rounds.
She ended up on 275 as erstwhile leader Harmie Constantino, who carded a 63 to open the tournament, failed to sustain her form and settled for a runner-up finish on 277.
Mika Fortuna copped the second runner-up with a 69 for 291 in Division I (13 years old and below).
In the special division (17-to-21), Cyna Rodriguez had a 70 for 285 but was awarded second place behind Regina de Guzman, who turned in a 71 for 282.
The boys competition saw Rupert Zaragosa (70-289), Kristoffer Arevalo (73-294) and Andres Saldana (75-305) winning the Open, Division I and Special divisions, respectively.
By: Adrian Flores
Philippine Golf Foundation
June 30, 2013 TRECE Martirez, Cavite- Dream Team, dream result. The best Philippine team put together in years was unrelenting to the very end, pooling a 7-under-par 209 yesterday to end a 17-year Putra Cup title drought with a record 22-stroke victory over Singapore at soggy Sherwood Hills here.
Rico Hoey fired a 4-under 68, Jobim Carlos was solid with a 70 and either 71s of Rupert Zaragosa and Jonathan delos Reyes counted as the third score for the Philippines, which reclaimed Southeast Asia’s official team golf championship after winning it last in 1996 in Myanmar.
“Oh, yeah!” Hoey exclaimed, moments after counting as the team’s top man for the day. “It feels so good. This is the homecoming that I expected-winning this tournament for our country.”
Singapore, which was tied for first with the Philippines after Day 1, submitted a 217 built around the 68 of Jonathan Woo for 864 overall and nipped a hard-finishing Thailand crew that tallied 211 on the strength of the 69 of Danthai Boonma and the 70 of Itthipat Buranatanyarat.
The veteran Jerome Ng carded a 73 and Mark Ong added a 76 for the 2011 champion Singaporeans, who threw away the 79 of Nicklaus Chiam. Saksansin Poom was the third scorer for Thailand with 72.
Malaysia dropped to fourth despite a third consecutive 68 by Gavin Green, tallying a 225 for the day for 873, nine behind the deposed champion Thais.
Abel Tam scored a 75, but the Malaysians were again dragged down by their third man, Khai Jei Low, who couldn’t do better than an 82.
Green, a 6-foot, University of New Mexico ace in the US NCAA, pooled 274 and won the individual title by three shots over Delos Reyes, who hit two drives out of bounds on the 17th, allowing the Malaysian to finally forge ahead.
Hoey, despite opening with a 75, finished third after playing the final three rounds at 11-under.
“There’s no better feeling, winning this title back on home soil,” said National Golf Association of the Philippines president Tommy Manotoc, a member of several victorious PH squads who left no stone unturned in recruiting Fil-Americans Hoey and Delos Reyes to reinforce the national squad.
“This team has just lifted the standards of Philippine and Putra Cup golf.”
The country’s Kartini (Junior Women’s) and Santini (Women’s) Cup teams fell short in their respective divisions, though, with the girls struggling to a final-round 151 to lose to Thailand, 577-582. Pauline Del Rosario had a 75 and Bianca Pagdanganan a 76. The 80 of Princess Superal was discarded.
Malaysia triumphed in the women’s division after pooling a 139, one stroke clear of perennial champion Thailand.
Katrina Briones scored a 74 and Regina de Guzman fired a 77 for the Philippines’ final-round 151 and 593 overall.
The 72-hole championship was backed by the Royal & Ancient of Scotland, MVP Sports Foundation, PLDT Amateur Golf Tour, PSC, POC, Philippine Golf Foundation, DOT, Pancake House, Asia Brewery, Turf Company, Sligo, Ping, Intramachineries Doosan, Suntrust, Crimson Hotel and Golf Depot.
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The R&A launches a new Online Rules Academy The R&A has launched a new free online course to help golfers and administrators improve their knowledge of the Rules of Golf.
The Rules Academy is available at www.RandA.org/RulesAcademy and is based on the Etiquette Section and the Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf (a short summary of the most commonly occurring Rules). Users are guided by either Padraig Harrington or Suzann Pettersen, who are both R&A Working for Golf Ambassadors.
The course features video, images and diagrams of Rules situations and includes revision questions after each section. It covers the essentials that all golfers should know such as sportsmanship, integrity and respect. It adopts a tee to green approach and tells you what you need to know at each point; from where to tee your ball, to taking relief from various conditions, to holing out and returning the score card
At the end of the course, people can take a Level 1 Rules Exam and receive a certificate signed by their guiding player.
Two-time Open Champion Padraig Harrington said, “The Rules Academy is a great idea for helping golfers to improve their knowledge of the Rules of Golf in a quick and easy way. A short online course will make the Rules and how they are applied much less daunting and the game more enjoyable as a result.”
Suzann Pettersen, a former LPGA champion, said, “It’s easy to take the Rules for granted but in golf it is so important to understand the values of the game and show respect to your playing partners. Learning more about the Rules can help you get more out of the game so I would urge people to get online and take the course.”
The R&A operates a three-tier Rules Education Programme and the Rules Academy is based on the Level 1 Introductory Rules Schools that it conducts around the world in conjunction with its affiliated bodies.
David Rickman, The R&A’s Executive Director, Rules of Golf and Equipment Standards, said, “I’m delighted that we can now offer the online Rules Academy to those that want to master the basic Rules and Etiquette of this great game. The course will guide people as to how the game is meant to be played and the Rules that apply in particular situations which can happen to anyone out on the course. It may even save golfers the occasional precious stroke or two.”
The Academy is free to view and should take no more than two to three hours to go through. The Exam costs £10 to take with the proceeds going to The R&A’s Working for Golf programme. Each year The R&A invests £5 million in the programme which supports the development of the game around the world.
CANLUBANG, Laguna-Rupert Zaragosa, again at his scoring best, fended off the challenge of Gen Nagai yesterday for a 4 and 2 victory and his second NGAP Philippine Match Play championship at the up-and-down Canlubang South course here.
The 15-year-old Philippine team mainstay trailed in a match for the first time, but quickly rebounded to go 4-
under in the front and 2-under in seven holes at the back to reprise his triumph in 2011 in the event presented by the MVP Sports Foundation as part of the PLDT Group Amateur Tour.
“I hit it well the whole week and I was fortunate enough to putt really well in all my matches,” said Zaragosa, who wrapped up the match after the 16th hole.
Nagai, the reigning junior match play champion at the Cebu Country Club, birdied No. 1 and took a one-hole lead. But the 16-year-old Japanese, who has been a resident of Cebu for the past 13 years, couldn’t keep up with Zaragosa after that.
Zaragosa won Nos. 3, 4, 7 and 8 with birdies and left the tall and well-built Nagai eating his dust.
Felicia Medalla shared the winner’s stage with Zaragosa after turning back Mikhaela Fortuna in 20 holes of the ladies’ final of the event also backed by Pancake House, Pacsports and Golf Depot.