National team members JR Gonzales, Justin Quiban, LJ Go and Andres Saldaña brace for a showdown with top jungolfers JP de Claro, Gabriel Manotoc and Lanz Uy as they vie in the Philex Northern Luzon Regional Championships beginning Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Baguio Golf and Country Club in Baguio City.
Chester Calputora head the local challenge along with the top caddies and children of BCC workers as well as members of the jungolf chapter of the host club, guaranteeing a wide open battle for top honors in the 54-hole tournament spread over two days.
With the par-61 layout in championship condition following the Fil-Am Invitational, the chase for top honors is indeed expected to be fierce among the crack field in the tournament sponsored by Pancake House, Titleist by Empire Golf, Pacsports and Golf Depot.
“The BGCC will provide the competing field a different kind of challenge. It’s a thinking course and this will help develop our players,” said National Golf Association of the Phils. president Tommy Manotoc, who also thanked BGCC, headed by its president, Atty. Rico Agcaoili, for making the course available for the NGAP tournament.
The event, sponsored by top mining corporation Philex, serves as part of the Globe Business Amateur Golf Circuit and held as part of the birth centenary of BGCC founder Nanoy Ilusorio.
Keen competition is also seen in the 36-hole ladies event with Bianca Pagdanganan, Daniella Uy, Dana Gonzales and Sam Martines leading the cast of the event organized and conducted by NGAP in cooperation with BGCC.
Also on tap are the Mid-Amateur (age 30-54) and Seniors, also set over 36 holes over two days.
Meanwhile, the NGAP will hold its second Meralco National Doubles Amateur (Closed) Championship on Dec. 26-28 at Wack Wack’s West Course. Deadline for listup for the Meralco National Doubles, also a part of the Globe Business Amateur Golf Circuit 2012, is on Dec. 21 at 5 p.m.
The NGAP has also lined up a series of tournaments next year, kicking off with the Philippine Amateur Open set Jan. 7-10, also at the fabled Wack Wack layout.(pr)