Sharing some thoughts

This corner would like to share the year-end thoughts of a friend, Pastor Len Joson, whose thoughts have been enlightening and inspirational.

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http://lenjoson.com/year-end-thoughts/

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Zaragosa, De Claro rule Meralco nat’l doubles; Superal-Uy triumphs

Rupert Zaragosa and JP De Claro leaned on a steady frontside stint to pool a 145 and complete their fightback from three strokes down to capture the men’s crown in the Meralco National Doubles Amateur (Closed) Championship at Wack Wack’s West Course yesterday.

Zaragosa, the former national and junior champion, and De Claro both made the turn with even par 36s then watched erstwhile frontrunners Miggy Yee-AR Ramos and Jobim Carlos-Jonar Austria fumble with over-par scores to claim a four-stroke victory with a closing 71 and 74, respectively.

Their 145 total in the aggregate format gave them a three-day haul of 283, including a pair of 69s in the two-ball and four-ball that kept them within striking distance of the leaders after two days of play in the event sponsored by Meralco organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Phils.

Yee and Ramos, who snatched a one-shot lead over Carlos and Austria and three over the Zaragosa-De Claro pair in the second round, struggled with 39 and 37, respectively, at the front while Carlos and Austria hobbled with 38 and 39, respectively, enabling the Zaragosa-De Claro tandem to wrest control en route to victory.

Yee and Ramos ended up with a pair of 76s for a 152 and dropped to second with 287 while Carlos, winner of this event last year with Raymond Gonzales, wound up with a 76 and Austria had a 77 for a 153 and 289 for third.

Top ICTSI bet Princess Superal saved her best for last and shot a bogey-free five-under 67 while teammate Daniella Uy carded a 74 for a 141 as they rallied from seven shots down to beat Mia Legaspi and Felicia Medalla by two and snatch the ladies crown in the event sponsored by Pancake House, Titleist by Empire Golf, Pacsports and Golf Depot.

Superal tamed the backside with four birdies en route to a 35-32 card while Uy used a solid frontside stint of 34 to help steer the team to the stirring come-from-behind victory with a 292 total, including a fat 82 in the two-ball and a 69 in the alternate shot format.

Legaspi matched par 72 while Medalla had a 76 for a 148 and a 294 while erstwhile leaders Sam Martirez skied to an 80 and teammate Marvi Monsalve sputtered with a 79 for a 159 as the duo, which started the final round two up on Legaspi and Medalla and seven ahead of Superal and Uy, tumbled to third with a 303.

Bianca Pagdanganan made a 76 while Dana Gonzales had a 75 for a 151 for fourth at 304 while Samantha Bruce and Gabrielle Bruce pooled a 318 after a 160 followed by Sophia Blanco and Yuka Saso (166-330) and Andie Unson and Lorna Tabuena (174-342).

Superal, 16, thus closed out a banner season with 10 victories, including three in Malaysia while drawing solid support from Uy, who shot two birdies at the front to cushion the impact of her faltering finish of 40.

Gabriel Manotoc carded a 74 while Gonzales made a 75 for a 149 as the finished fourth at 291 while Lawrence Celestino, winner of the recent Philex NGAP Northern Luzon Regionals, fought back with a 146 on two 73s to finish fifth at 292 in the event which served as the final leg of the Globe Business Amateur Circuit.

Kristoffer Arevalo matched par 72 and teammate Raymart Tolentino had a 76 for a 148 as they assembled a 295 and won the Group II crown by a whopping 16-shot romp over Paolo Uy and Patrick Uy, who had a 163 from 78 and 85, respectively, for a 311.Don Petil and Ricky Velasco had 73 and 85, respectively, for a 158 as they wound up third with a 319.(pr)

Yee, Ramos wrest 1-shot lead with 66

Miggy Yee and AR Ramos went on a birdie-binge early to seize control then hung tough at the back to hold of a rallying Jobim Carlos-Jonar Austria pair and snatch a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Meralco National Doubles Amateur (Closed) Championship at Wack Wack’s West Course yesterday.

Yee and Ramos, who shared the first round lead with Rupert Zaragosa and JP De Claro with 69s, birdied the first two holes then added four more, including three straight from No. 6, to negate a bogey mishap on the ninth for a fiery 31. But they failed to sustain their charge, needing to close out with gutsy pars in the four-ball format to cling to a one-shot lead at 135.

Carlos, chasing back-to-back crowns in the three-day event sponsored by Meralco organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Phils., and Austria fought back from five shots down with a stirring five-birdie spree at the back, including the last three holes to shoot the day’s best score of seven-under 65 in the best-ball event. They had a 136.

Zaragosa, the former national and junior champion, and De Claro failed to keep pace with Yee and Ramos at the front with a so-so 36 but rebounded with three birdies for a 33 to salvage a 69. They, however, dropped to third with a 138, three strokes behind.

Top jungolfer Gabriel Manotoc and Raymond Gonzales, who teamed up with Carlos to dominate last year’s inaugurals of the event sponsored by Pancake House, Titleist by Empire Golf, Pacsports and Golf Depot, also struck with a six-under 66 to wheel back into contention at 142 heading to the aggregate closing format.

Martirez and Monsalve birdied the last three holes at the front to seize control then held on with a bogey-birdie stint at the back for that 69 and a 36-hole haul of 144, including a 75 in the foursome format.

Legaspi and Medalla settled for a 71 despite a birdie-birdie finish and dropped to second with a 146 while Princess Superal and Daniella Uy recovered from a woeful 82 with a 69 but still stood seven shots off Martirez and Monsalve at 151.

Bianca Pagdanganan and Dana Gonzales pooled a 153 after a 71 while Samantha Bruce and Gabrielle Bruce fired a 70 for a 158.

John Kier Abdon and Chris Jordan shot a 70 for a 144 while Lawrence Celestino, winner of the recent Philex NGAP Regionals in Baguio, and Kenneth Kano rallied with a 67 but still trailed the leader by nine at 146 in the event serving as the final leg of the Globe Business Amateur Circuit.

Sam Martirez and Marvi Monsalve also broke away from a first round tie with the Mia Legaspi-Felicia Medalla pair, combining for a three-under 69 to move up by two heading to the aggregate format event in today’s final round.(pr)

Champion Infinity backs 2013 RP Ladies Open

Simeon Tiu (fourth from left), president of Peerless Products Manufacturing Corp., makers of Champion Detergent Bar and Powder, and WGAP (Women’s Golf Association of the Phils.) vice president Lorna Tabuena (fourth from right) pose after signing the contract making Champion Infinity the title sponsor of the 2013 Philippine Ladies Open slated Jan. 16-18 at the Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa City, Batangas. Others in photo are (from left) PPMC corporate marketing director Pen Roque, marketing manager Carlos Bacani, VP for sales and marketing Jasper Tiu, and WGAP’s Minerva Castillo, handicap chairperson, WGAP treasurer Jee Cabochan and Marie Guerrero, tournament chairperson.
Simeon Tiu (fourth from left), president of Peerless Products Manufacturing Corp., makers of Champion Detergent Bar and Powder, and WGAP (Women’s Golf Association of the Phils.) vice president Lorna Tabuena (fourth from right) pose after signing the contract making Champion Infinity the title sponsor of the 2013 Philippine Ladies Open slated Jan. 16-18 at the Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa City, Batangas. Others in photo are (from left) PPMC corporate marketing director Pen Roque, marketing manager Carlos Bacani, VP for sales and marketing Jasper Tiu, and WGAP’s Minerva Castillo, handicap chairperson, WGAP treasurer Jee Cabochan and Marie Guerrero, tournament chairperson.

Tiamson turns back Eala, cops crown

Gabriel Tiamson put one over top seed Miko Eala, hacking out a 6-4, 6-2 decision to capture the boys’ 12-and-under title in the Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Tennis Association Age-Group Tennis Championships at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center over the weekend.

The second seeded Tiamson, playing out of De La Salle-Zobel, broke the fancied Eala once in the opening set then used a variety of shots to dominate the second en route to the straight-set victory.

Eala, however, salvaged the 10-unisex crown, blanking Juan Miguel Jugo, 6-0, 6-0.

Jan Godfrey Seno took the boys’ 14-under diadem with 6-2, 6-0 win over Justine Prulla, while Betto Orendain repulsed Stefan Suarez, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, to cop the 16-under plum.

John Maverick Victoria, however, foiled Orendain’s bid for a second title as he fashioned out a 7-6(2), 6-4 win in the 18-under finals to share the honors with Roxanne Resma, who took the girls’ premier crown with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of Ma. Dominique Ong.(pr)

Resma, Victoria bag PSC-Philta crowns

Roxanne Resma and John Maverick Victoria came away with victories in contrasting fashions to capture the centerpiece 18-and-under crowns in the Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Tennis Association Age-Group Tennis Championships at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center, recently.

The top seeded Resma stamped her class over Ma. Dominique Ong, dropping just one game en route to an emphatic 6-0, 6-1 victory in the girls’ final while the unseeded Victoria outsteadied No. 4 Betto Orendain in a tight first-set duel and held on to hack out a 7-6(2), 6-4 victory in the boys’ side of the event sponsored by the PSC and Philta with Dunlop Fort as the official ball.

Miko Eala re-staked his claim as the best among the youngsters as he captured two titles, including the boys’ 12-and-U with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Gabriel Tiamson. He earlier shut out Juan Miguel Jugo, 6-0, 6-0, to pocket the 10-unisex diadem.

It was a memorable title win for Victoria, who also had to scrape past Andre Rodriguez, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, earlier to get a crack at the premier crown in the week-long tournament which also offered ranking points with Resma and Victoria gaining 200 points each.

Khim Iglupas, who lost to Resma in the semis in the 18-and-U class, got back at her tormentor, carving out a 6-4, 6-4 victory to annex the girls’ 16-and-U plum while unranked Monika Therese Cruz capped her remarkable stint by beating No. 4 Chloe May Saraza, 6-1, 7-5, to claim the girls’ 14-and-U diadem.

Allesi Vicencio, on the other hand, took the girls’ 12-and-U crown with a 7-5(5), 6-1 victory over Bettina Bautista while Betto Orendain stunned third seed Stefan Suarez, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, to pocket the boys’ 16-and-U title.(pr)

Dabawenyo romps to 9-stroke win, bags OOM crown

Tony Lascuna holds his trophy with Wack Wack president Dr. Philip Ella Juico as daughter Shnaryl looks on during awards rites.
Tony Lascuna holds his trophy with Wack Wack president Dr. Philip Ella Juico as daughter Shnaryl looks on during awards rites.

 

 

Davao City’s Tony Lascuna turned the final round of the P2.5 million ICTSI Wack Wack Championship into a victory walk as he cruised to a whopping nine-stroke victory over fellow Dabawenyo Elmer Salvador with a 72 and claimed the coveted Order or Merit crown at Wack Wack’s East course yesterday.

With the title virtually bagged after posting a huge seven-point lead over Salvador and Que after three rounds, Lascuna just went through the motions and settled for two birdies and the same number of bogeys, his closing even-par card capping not only a brilliant campaign in the richest leg of the ICTSI Philippine Golf but also in the entire season.

He wound up with an eight-under 280 total, pocketed the top P450,000 purse and wrapped up the OOM crown with a total earnings of P2.25 million, emerging the lone three-leg winner in the 15-stage circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

The ace Davaoeno shotmaker, also the highest-ranked Filipino at No, 12 at the end of this year’s Asian Tour, basked in glory when he received his paycheck with wife Sheryl and seven-year-old daughter Shnaryl from Wack Wack Golf and Country Club president Dr. Philip Ella Juico during awards rites graced by ICTSI PR manager Narlene Soriano and PGTI general manager Colo Ventosa.

“This is definitely the best year of my life since I started to play golf at 12,” said Lascuna, who also topped the ICTSI Eagle Ridge and Manila Southwoods legs this year.

Salvador, who had hoped for a victory to get a crack at the second OOM title, ended up with a birdie-less 74 after matching Lascuna’s opening 37 but still finished solo second at 289 as Que hobbled with a closing 40 for a 78 and tumbled down to joint sixth at 293.

Salvador, the Order of Merit winner in 2009, took home P320,000 and finished second in the OOM race with total winnings of P1.6 million.

Clyde Mondilla also matched par on another challenging day and tied for third with two-leg winner Zanie Boy Gialon, who had a 73, at 291 worth P180,000 each while last year’s champion Frankie Minoza took solo fifth at 292 after a 73 for P110,000.

James Ryan Lam and Carl Santos-Ocampo joined Que in sixth after a 75 and 77, respectively, while Arnold Villacencio shot a 70 to salvage a share of ninth place with Richard Sinfuego, who had a 74, at 295.

Miguel Tabuena, who had a fine start of two wins in the first six legs of the ICTSI-sponsored circuit, skied to a 76 and wound up 15th with a 299 while Juvic Pagunsan carded a 73 to finish at joint 28th with Richard Abaring, who had a 75, and Terence Macatangay, who made a 78, at 306.

The other backers of the event were Empire Golf, Titleist, Footjoy, Callaway, TaylorMade, Mizuno, Srixon, Nike Golf, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp with Balls, Studio 23, Pinoygolfer.com and Inquirer Golf as media partners.(pr)