September 25, 2023

Amateur golfers in northern Luzon and rest of the country will compete in a tournament at the Baguio Country Club and Pinewoods Golf & Country Club from Sept. 16 to 17 where the top player will qualify for the world amateur event.

CHARTER DAY GOLF — Parbusters from the Cordillera and guest players from other parts of the country will compete in the various divisions of the 113th Baguio Charter Golf Invitational set at Pinewoods Golf & Country Club and Baguio Country Club on Sept. 16 and 17. Here, Baguio residents enjoy the perfect golfing weather at Pinewoods on weekend. — Contributed photo

The tournament, dubbed “113th Baguio Charter Golf Invitational, will feature individual and team events, according to organizer Baguio 2022 Olympics.

A team is composed of a maximum of five players who are automatically included in the various divisions of the individual category. This means a player can win in both the individual and team events.

Winter rules will be in effect in the Modified Stable Ford scoring format while the determination of team and individual brackets will be based on the World Handicap System (WHS) on Sept. 1.

Similar to the format in the annual Fil-Am Open Invitational Golf Tournament, only the four best scorers among five team members will be counted in the team event.

The team event will have four divisions: overall team champion; division A for an aggregate team WHS of 0 to nine; division B for an aggregate team WHS of 10 to 16; and division C for an aggregated team WHS of 17 to 24.

The individual event has four divisions, while the overall winner will also qualify in the World Amateur Golf Championship (WAGC).

Division 1 will be for those with WHS of zero to 5.4; division 2 for those with WHS of 5.5 to 10.4; division 3 for those with WHS of 10. 5 to 15.4; division 4 for those with WHS of 15.5 to 20.4; and division 5 for those with WHS of 20.5 and above.

There will also be a seniors division for players 55 years old and above; women’s division with two ca-tegories while the System 36 scoring will apply for those without registered WHS.

Registration fees cost P6,000 each, but those who register on or before Sept. 10 will pay P4,500. Fees are inclusive of green fees for the two courses, breakfast sandwich for two days, dinner, and raffle during awards night. Cart sharing will apply at PGCC.

Payments can be deposited to Paraiso Bautista, BPI account 9690-0062-83 or to Benito Santiago, Jr., Maybank account 0014-0039-831.

Deadline of re-gistration is on Sept. 12. – Harley F. Palangchao