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2014 Phil Junior Am Open
Sherwood Hills GC
April 8 - 11, 2014

2014 Phil. Am. Match Play
Orchard Golf & CC
April 21 - 25, 2014

2014 Phil Jr Am. Match Play
Alabang Country Club, Inc.
May 6 - 9, 2014

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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.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net
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.

Link: http://rulesacademy.randa.org/
October 18, 2013

Zaragosa rips Nagai for 2nd Match Play Title

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. 

Musong R. Castillo

The NGAP- R&A Golf Development Program
2014 Philippine Amateur Open (Stroke Play) Golf Championship
January 9, 2014


NOT even LJ Go’s worst round of the week could stop the 18-year-old Cebuano yesterday from claiming his first national championship in runaway style and putting the Philippine Amateur Open trophy back in the hands of a Filipino.

Go bogeyed his last four holes for a 4-over-par 76 but still cruised to an 11-shot victory over Jobim Carlos, who made a solid final-round charge to seal a 1-2 Philippine finish at Wack Wack East.

“I’m very happy because I finally won a tournament,” said Go, who flies back to the United States next week for the start of school at Seton Hall where he has a golfing scholarship. “I have never really won anything (before).”

Counting rounds of 72, 72 and 71, Go- who helped power Cebu Country Club’s PAL Interclub victory the last two years-tallied 291 over the heavily wooded layout that played a lot tougher in the final round because of winds that blew in all directions.

Go admitted to losing focus and to falling to fatigue over the closing stretch, but that hardly made a dent on his dominant form in the event that was also backed by Pancake House, Golf Depot and Pacsports as part of the PLDT Group Amateur Tour.

“I lost focus, probably,” Go said of his closing four holes. “Those holes are really tough, but I managed to play them well (in the first three rounds).”

Carlos, the University of San Francisco advertising junior, fired one of two day-best 72s and came charging back from eight behind defending champion Jerome Ng of Singapore to salvage runner-up honors for the third time in the last four years.

Ng, the Singapore national team spearhead who started the day seven shots behind Go, ballooned to an 80 to fall into a tie with Carlos at 302, then lost in the countback.

Gen Nagai, a Japanese who is also a mainstay of Cebu CC, bounced back with a 73 to finish fourth at 304, a shot ahead of recent PH team addition Justin Quiban, who had a 74.

Johnson Poh and Marc Ong, Ng’s national teammates, also blew up with a 76 and 78, respectively and finished out of the top five at 306, with Jik-Jik Abdon, Gabriel Atienza and Abdul Hadi rounding out the top 10 at 308 after respective efforts of 74, 78 and 80.

Gabriel Manotoc carved out the other 72 and tied for 11th spot with former pros Tonlits Asistio (78) and Gary Sales (75) for 309s.

Musong Castillo
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Result                      Pairings
2014 WExpress-DHL Amateur Golf Championship
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February 22, 2014

Zaragosa pips Saldaña with 2 late birds
CANLUBANG, Laguna-Rupert Zaragosa won his first WExpress-DHL RVF Amateur Golf championship Friday, and the way he carved it out made it more memorable.

Two down at the start of the day and failing to gain headway for most of the final round, Zaragosa birdied his final two holes to cap a five-under-par 67 and win by two over Andres Saldaña in the event presented by the MVP Sports Foundation at Canlubang’s North course.
Saldaña, the leader after each of the first three rounds, closed out with a 71 after finishing par-bogey and failing to keep in step with the swashbuckling finish of Zaragosa, who tallied a nine-under 279 over the heavily wooded layout.

Still one-down going to the last two holes, Zaragosa went gung-ho, going for the green in two on the par-5 17th and then attacking the flag at the last despite hitting his approach from thick rough and drawing a flier of a lie.

From 267 yards out, Zaragosa hit a 3-wood that landed pin-high on the left side of the 17th green and then played a gorgeous pitch to within gimme distance to pull level for the first time on a cool, windy day.

And after both hooked their tee shots on the 18th, Saldaña tried hitting out of a bare lie, also flying his approach past the cup and almost finding the bunker behind the green.

The 19-year-old, who turns pro next month, putted from the bunker’s lip and gave Zaragosa a good read on the speed.

“I saw his (Saldaña’s) putt and got a good read on the speed,” Zaragosa said. “And even with a right-to-left break of more than a pin, I knew I had a chance of making the putt.”

“It’s cool. I’m cool,” Saldaña told the Inquirer, trying to hide his dejection as many in the good-sized gallery that followed the final flight already conceded a playoff. “He (Zaragosa) played very well. He won the tournament.”

Saldaña’s first putt zipped seven feet past the hole. He needed two more putts, yielding the victory to Zaragosa by two.

Magno Arancon finished third, 10 shots off the pace, after closing out with a 76, while Korean Park Min-ung fired a 69 to earn a fourth-place tie with Leonard Lofranco at 292. Lofranco shot a 71.

The event was part of the PLDT Group Amateur Tour and backed by Pancake House, Golf Depot and Pacsports.

Also making the winner’s circle with Zaragosa was Pauleen del Rosario, who fired a 72 for an eight-shot victory over Claire Amelia Legaspi. Legaspi also closed out with a 72.

Musong Castillo
March 16, 2014 (Sunday)
Attended by 35 delegates from different clubs, the Rules Seminar for Level 1 and Level 2, conducted by NGAP in support of R&A.

Instructors headed by Shona McRae from R&A, Carlos Coscolluela, Jr., Mike Carr and Francis Montallana.

The NGAP would like to thank all the participants for attending this 2 day seminar held in Alabang Country Club, the R&A  and Shona McRae for the support of this event. 
NGAP Annual Council Meeting & Elections moved to May 26, 2014

In connection with the NGAP Annual Council Meeting and Elections scheduled on April 28, 2014 at the Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club, due to the requests of NGAP Member Clubs to give them more time to select their club nominees/representatives, said meeting and elections has been moved to May 26, 2014 (Monday). Venue remains to be at the Camp Aguialdo Golf Club.

Deadline for submission of nominees and representatives will be on April 23, 2014.

2014 Philippine Junior Amateur Open Golf Championship
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April 11, 2014

Nagai fights back, rules Junior Am
TRECE MARTIREZ, Cavite-Japanese Gen Nagai matched par 72 in tough conditions Friday to complete a come-from-behind win in the Philippine Junior Amateur Championship at Sherwood Hills here.

Nagai bucked the blustery winds and rock-hard greens to gun down three birdies, two on the front nine, to overhaul a four-shot over-night deficit to Raymart Tolentino and turn the rest of the day into a battle for second place.

Gabriel Manotoc birdied the 18th from six feet to cap a 78 that tied him with Tolentino at 309 before clinching second via a tiebreaker. Tolentino, the three-day leader in the event presented by the MVP Sports Foundation as part of the PLDT Group Amateur Tour, floundered with an 84, even as Diego San Pedro fired an 81 for fourth, another two shots off.

Nagai, who has called Cebu home for the past 13 years, took the lead for good after routine pars on the seventh and eighth holes, as Tolentino dropped six shots in that stretch, including a triple bogey 8 on No. 8. Nagai’s victory marks the second straight year that a foreigner has won the event after Korean Park Min-ung prevailed last year.

Bianca Pagdanganan shared the winner’s stage with Nagai after closing out with a 75 to complete her own rally in the girls’ division.

With nines of 38-37, Pagdanganan rallied from two strokes down overnight to nip third-round leader Harmie Constantino by three. Daniela Uy, the leader after the first two rounds, slipped to a 79 to settle for third spot, five shots off Pagdanganan.

By: Musong Castillo