WITH everything now in place, the Philippines hosts the 53rd Putra Cup, also known as Southeast Asia’s official team golf championship, in June at the National Golf Association of the Philippines’ official home, Sherwood Hills in Cavite.
The best amateurs in the region will all see action over the wind-swept, ravine-laden layout, with the Philippines seeking to reclaim lost glory in the event it used to dominate with ease in the past.
Tommy Manotoc, the president of the NGAP and the moving force behind the rejuvenation of amateur golf in the land, and ASEAN Golf Federation Secretary General Datuk Zain Yusuf sealed the hosting rights last Saturday at the Resorts World Manila.
The MGA owns the Putra Cup, one of the oldest events in the region and Datuk Zain was only too happy to award the hosting rights to the Philippines, especially after being taken to a tour of Sherwood Hills and its facilities.
Incidentally, Manotoc was also named the president of the Asean Golf Federation, an honor given to the president of the host country’s golf association.
“I must congratulate Tommy and the NGAP for a fantastic arrangement (of the venue and its amenities),” said Datuk Zain. “The participating countries will surely enjoy our tournament.”
“We’re all excited to come and play in the Philippines,” said the AGF SecGen.
The event will just be one of several major amateur tilts that Sherwood will accommodate as its president, Atty. Harry Paltongan, has opened the club’s doors to practically all projects of the NGAP to help in the development of the sport in the country. Other NGAP upcoming tournaments to be held at Sherwood Hills are the official national Philippine Junior Amateur Open Golf Championship (May 2-5), the Philippine Junior Amateur Closed Golf Championship (June 6-9) and the Philippine Amateur Closed Golf Championship (June 13-16) which are all under the PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour.
Paltongan was with Manotoc when the agreement for the hosting was signed.
Hosting the event also gives the NGAP a clear look at the opposition when the Philippines plays in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar (Burma) later in the year. The SEAG gold has also been an elusive target in the recent past for the Filipinos.(pr)
Tommy Manotoc (seated, center), the president of the National Golf Association of the Philippines, joins hands with ASEAN Golf Federation Secretary General Datuk Zain Yusuf (left) and Sherwood Hills president Atty. Harry Paltongan (right) in announcing the Philippines’ hosting of the 53rd Putra Cup in June. Witnessing the ceremony, standing from left to right, were Malaysian Golf Association Hon SecGen Dato Zulkifli Ismail, Ms. Sara Ismail, the MGA Deputy GM and Mr. Boom Coscoluella of the NGAP.