Putra Cup recruitment well worth it – Manotoc

After watching just one round of the NGAP’s Philippine Amateur Closed golf championship, Tommy Manotoc believes that his two-year recruitment effort for the Putra Cup is well worth it.
“We have a solid team. We have players who can really play,” Manotoc said Thursday afternoon, moments after watching men’s recruits Jonathan Delos Reyes and Rico Hoey tame challenging Sherwood Hills here with a combined one-under-par 143.
Manotoc, a member of a huge number of victorious Putra Cup teams in the past, wants to give that title back to the Philippines, which hosts the annual event from June 27-30 also over the well-manicured layout south of Manila.
“Recruiting these guys was a long process, it took me close to two years to get them here to play,” Manotoc said.
Delos Reyes and Hoey were born from Filipino parents with Delos Reyes playing on Philippine soil for the first time and the 17-year-old Hoey, whom the University of Southern California actively pursued, seeing action in the country for the first time in 12 years.
Though Delos Reyes nipped Hoey by a stroke for first round honors on Thursday, both showcased potential far beyond their years and got observers all pumped up for Southeast Asia’s official team golf championship.
Delos Reyes and Hoey will be in the men’s team together with Rupert Zaragosa and Jobim Carlos, and Delos Reyes, after seeing Zaragosa play for the first time, believes that the Philippines will have a solid team for the Putra Cup.
“That kid’s a player,” Delos Reyes said.
The Filipinos, who were practically untouched in the Putra Cup in the 1970s and well into the 1980s, last hoisted the championship trophy in 1996 in Myanmar.
And with the event returning to the country for the first time since 2007, Manotoc believes that the Philippines is now armed to the teeth to get long lost glory back.(pr)
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